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SPIEF bolsters Qatar-Russia relations: Envoy

QNA
Moscow
Ambassador of Qatar to Russia HE Sheikh Ahmed bin Nasser Al Thani has stated that His Highness the Amir of State of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani gave lofty directions during St Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) to raise the level of trade partnership between Qatar and Russia, and to strengthen the special relations between the two countries.
In an interview with Sputnik, the envoy described Russia as a strategic and important partner of Qatar. He said that there is comprehensive cooperation between the two countries in all fields. He stressed that the St Petersburg Forum will give a strong impetus to strengthening the partnership and doubling the level of trade exchange between the two countries.
He noted that more than 60 joint cooperation agreements were signed during the forum between government institutions and Qatar’s private sector with Russian institutions and companies.
The two countries aspire to raise the level of trade exchange to a higher level compared to what exists because the Qatar and Russia two have great economic potentials, rich experiences and diverse opportunities for cooperation, he added.
The envoy pointed out that the Qatari investments in the Russian market amounted to about $13.5 billion, and it is concentrated in the energy sector, construction, trade and other fields.
He said the two countries are keen to expand the economic partnership, and some of them will be announced after the forum. The presence of Qatar as a guest of honour at the forum gave an impetus to intensify trade exchange and investments.
He explained that everyone knows that Russia has a strong economy, and a country with reliable partnerships. He stressed Qatar’s readiness for cooperation and partnership with Russia, adding that there are many major agreements that will be concluded in the coming period between the two countries.
The envoy spoke about the prospects of Qatar’s acquisition of a part of Vnukovo Airport in Moscow and the Qatari investments in the infrastructure of the aviation sector in Russia. He said the agreements between Qatar and Russia in this field are almost complete, and thanks to the impetus given by the forum, these agreements will be ready and complete.
The ambassador added that Qatar has distinguished relations with the Russian side in trade, economy and culture, not only with Moscow, but with its regions as well, stressing his participation in Kazan economic summit, which will be held at the end of June 2021.
He also touched on the current situation as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, and cooperation in the health field. He said there is cooperation in the health and medical field with Russia, including the field of vaccines.