Qatar, Japan discuss climate change
TOKYO CHAIRMAN of Administrative Control and Transparency Authority HE Abdullah bin Hamad al Attiyah, who is also the president of the 2012 United Nations Climate Change Conference/COP 18 met with the Japanese Environment Minister Goshi Hosono in Tokyo on Friday.
During the meeting, the two leaders discussed bilateral relations and means of bolstering them. A number of other issues related to the climate change were also on the meeting’s agenda.
The meeting was attended by Qatar’s Ambassador to Japan HE Yusuf bin Mohamed Bilal and members of the accompanying delegation.
Attiyah, who is also chairman of the Japanese Parliamentary Association for Friendship with Qatar, met with the chairman of Japanese Association’s Parliamentary Chairman Yutaka Bano.
The two leaders discussed issues of mutual interest.
Qatari envoy took part in the meeting along with members of the country’s delegation.
Attiyah also took part in a reception on the sidelines of the climate change conference.
The reception was organised by Brazilian Ambassador to Japan HE Marcos Gavao and was attended by Japanese environment minister and Japanese Parliamentary Vice- Minister for Foreign Affairs Joe Nakano.
Speaking on the occasion, Attiyah said, “We all know that climate change is one of the most pressing challenges the international community has to address. It is important to facilitate negotiations in a cooperative and constructive manner. Even though we aren’t negotiating today, I’m asking the participants to offer their views honestly and transparently.” He stressed that his team will listen to all the viewpoints “in a transparent and comprehensive way”.
Attiyah also took part in the 10th informal meeting on climate change on Thursday.