Prince Charles will undertake an official visit to the State of Qatar next week, the British embassy in Doha announced yesterday.
According to a press release issued in Doha yesterday, the Prince of Wales will meet HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and other senior members of the Qatari royal family.
The official visit to the region will begin in Saudi Arabia and end in Qatar between February 17 and 20.
British ambassador to Qatar, Nick Hopton said: “I am delighted that HRH The Prince of Wales is to visit Qatar again. This is an opportunity to showcase the strong ties between the UK and Qatar, which we value greatly. The personal relationship between His Royal Highness and His Highness The Emir is both a symbol of this friendship between nations and important to the work we do together as the British and Qatari peoples to tackle the challenges facing us in the region and globally.”
Prince Charles will return to the region only a year after his recent visit, which demonstrates the importance the British government places on its association with key partners in the area.
He has previously made four official visits to Qatar in 1986, 1997, 2007 and 2013.
These connections are underpinned by the long-standing and respectful relationships which exist between Prince Charles and the royal families in each country.
Ambassador to Saudi Arabia John Jenkins said: “Our two kingdoms share a long friendship, going back to the foundation of the modern Saudi state. Continuity of personal relationships, essential if we are to understand each other better, have been central to this.”
“At a time of enormous turmoil and human agony in the Middle East, seen today perhaps most acutely in Syria, The prince’s advocacy of interfaith understanding and dialogue between communities is needed more than ever. His Majesty The King shares this deep concern. I know that he and His Royal Highness will have much to discuss about the need for reconciliation and their hopes for the region’s future,” he added.
Prince Charles will be a guest of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud and meet members of the Saudi royal family.
The Prince of Wales has previously made nine official visits to Saudi Arabia in 1986, 1990, 1993, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2006 and 2013.