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Posted On: 5 November 2009 01:09 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:10 pm

Qatar, Georgia sign accord to boost ties

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A round of official talks was held at the Emiri Diwan yesterday between HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani and President Mikhail Saakashvili of Georgia. Bilateral relations and means of developing them in all fields, as well as regional and international topics of mutual concern were discussed during the meeting. The talks were attended by HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy and Industry Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiyah. From the Georgian side, the talks were attended by, among others, the chairman of the government of the republic of Adjara Levan Varshalomidze, Georgian Economic Development Minister Zurab Pololikashvili, Energy Minister Alexander Khetaguri, Agriculture Minister Bakur Kvezereli, and Georgian Ambassador to Qatar Ekaterine Meiering Mikadze. Following the talks, HH the Emir and President Saakashvili attended the signing of an agreement between the governments of Qatar and Georgia on visa exemption for holders of diplomatic passports and private passports. The agreement was signed for Qatar by HE the Minister for Economy and Finance Yousef Hussein Kamal and for Georgia by Economic Development Minister Zurab Pololikashvili. Later the Emir hosted a luncheon banquet in honour of the Georgian president and his accompanying delegation. President Saakashvili received at his residence at the Ritz Carlton HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy and Industry Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiyah. The meeting was attended by HE the Minister of State for Energy and Industry Affairs Dr Mohamed bin Saleh al-Sada and a number of senior officials at Qatar Petroleum (QP). The Deputy Prime Minister said that talks dealt with issues related to the energy sector, adding that it has been decided that a delegation from Qatar Petroleum will soon visit Georgia to discuss details of the investment projects as well as investment opportunities. QNA