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Posted On: 10 November 2010 03:33 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:10 pm

Qatar, Singapore sign accords to boost ties

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The fourth meeting of the Qatar-Singapore High Level Joint Committee was held here at Shangri-La Hotel under the chairmanship of HH the Heir Apparent Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister Wong Kan Seng. Co-operation between the two countries and ways of developing and strengthening them in all fields, especially in the economic and trade sectors were taken up. A number of regional and international issues of common concern were also discussed. HH the Heir Apparent Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani meeting Singapore’s President Sellapan Ramanathan After the meeting, HH the Heir Apparent and the Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore witnessed the signing of an agreement and memoranda of understanding (MoU) between the two countries. The two sides signed an agreement in the field of air transport services, an MoU to develop a special session of cultural awareness of the Singaporean Diplomatic Academy to disseminate and deepen the cultural understanding in the Middle East, an MoU to implement training programmes for the Asia–Middle East Dialogue at the Regional Training Centre for Public HH the Heir Apparent Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani meeting Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong Administration in Qatar, as well as a memorandum of understanding for co-operation on tourism and the minutes of the meeting. The agreement, MoUs, and the minutes of the meeting were signed by the Chairman of Qatar Civil Aviation Authority Abdulaziz bin Mohamed al-Nuaimi, Qatari Cabinet Secretary-General Dr Issa bin Saad al-Nuaimi, Chairman of Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) Ahmed Abdullah al-Nuaimi, HE the Director of Asian and African Affairs Department at the Foreign Ministry Zayed Rashid al-Mansour al-Nuaimi and Chairman of Qatar International Academy for Security Studies (QIASS) Mohamed Hamad al-Henzab. HH the Heir Apparent Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani meeting Singapore’s Minister Mentor of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew For Singapore they were the Dean of the Diplomatic Academy at the Foreign Affairs Ministry Ho Cheok Sun, Deputy Secretary for International Co-operation at the Foreign Affairs Ministry Lee Chiong Giam, Director-General of the Civil Aviation Authority Yap Ong Heng, Assistant Chief Executive of Tourism Board Lawrence Leong and Director of Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia at Foreign Affairs Ministry Vehbi Herobalan. Before the joint meeting, HH the Heir Apparent and Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore held a meeting attended by a number of ministers. Separately, President of Singapore Sellapan Ramanathan received the Heir Apparent at the Astana Palace. Talks during the meeting covered bilateral ties and ways to promote them. The Heir Apparent also met Minister Mentor of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew and Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong and attended a luncheon banquet hosted by Senior Minister of Singapore Goh Chok Tong at the Shangri-La Hotel in his honour. QNA