His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and Prime Minister of Belgium, Charles Michel, held on Tuesday a round of official talks at Egmont Palace in the capital Brussels.
At the outset of the session, the prime minister welcomed the Emir and the official delegation accompanying him, expressing his delight at the visit, which he said will enhance bilateral relations between the two friendly countries.
The Emir expressed his thanks for being invited to visit Belgium which he said will help in developing bilateral relations in different fields.
During the session, the leaders discussed means of boosting mutual cooperation in the fields of energy, economy, investment, culture, sport and health.
The Emir and the prime minister exchanged views on regional and international developments, particularly the current challenges in the Middle East and Europe, notably the phenomenon of terrorism and means of combating and uprooting it as well as eliminating its sources of financing.
Members of the official delegation accompanying the Emir and Belgian ministers and senior officials attended the session.
An official reception ceremony was held for His Highness the Emir upon his arrival at the cabinet's headquarters on the occasion of his official visit to Belgium.
The Emir and the prime minister witnessed the signing of two cooperation agreements between the two countries.
One of the agreements pertained to operation of commercial flights between the two countries.
The agreement includes granting the rights to designated carriers to operate from and to the two countries, aviation security, and other articles that facilitate the operation between the two parties for carriers.
They also witnessed the signing of a cooperation agreement between Qatar University and the University of Hasselt in the Kingdom of Belgium, aimed at strengthening academic and research cooperation between the two universities and exchanging experiences and visits between researchers, students and faculty members.
Meeting with King Philippe
The Emir met with King Philippe of Belgium at the Royal Palace of Brussels.
During the meeting, the two sides reviewed bilateral relations and exchanged views on a number of topics of mutual interest.
The Emir and the king met with a number of businessmen, investors and chairpersons of major firms in Qatar and Belgium who are taking part in the Qatari-Belgian Business Forum, organised by the Ministry of Economy and Commerce and Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry in cooperation with the Belgian company union, during a reception ceremony at the union's premises in Brussels.
His Highness the Emir and King Philippe are pictured with Belgian and Qatari businessmen.
They exchanged views with a number of participant businessmen on opportunities of enhancing economic cooperation, trade exchange and investment between the two friendly countries.
The Emir attended a luncheon banquet hosted by King Philippe at the Royal Palace of Brussels. Several ministers and senior officials attended the banquet from the Belgian side.
The Emir met with President of the Senate of Belgium Christine Defraigne, Speaker the House of Representatives Jifred Prabki, as well as a number of members of the Belgian Parliament .
During the meeting, they reviewed a number of issues of mutual interest , especially the prospects for cooperation between the two countries, in addition to the latest regional and international developments.
Upon arrival at the parliament premises, the Emir toured the building accompanied by the President of Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. The Emir was briefed about the history of the parliament premises and the legislative and supervisory functions of the two councils and their rules of procedure.