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Qatar has signed the instrument of accession to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC) of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on the sidelines of the 55th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs HE Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani signed the treaty.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs headed Qatar's delegation during the opening of the conference.

Qatar's accession to the treaty stems from the common will and desire to create a safe and stable area for societies to achieve sustainable economic development and common prosperity, in addition, to creating a common unity among peoples based on diversity and acceptance of the other.

Qatar's relations with the ASEAN countries are of paramount importance to consolidating cooperation in various fields, supporting all efforts to enhance regional and international peace and security, and paying attention to developing relations and joint cooperation with the Asian continent in general, and with the ASEAN in particular.

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