Foreign Minister of the Netherlands Wopke Hoekstra affirmed that Qatar's contribution of and its role in European energy security is important and vital, as it is one of the largest suppliers of liquefied natural gas in the world.
In a statement to Qatar News Agency (QNA) on the sidelines of his visit to Doha, Hoekstra expressed his country's aspiration to continue working with Qatar on issues of common concern and to expand co-operation between the two friendly countries, whether in bilateral or regional issues.
He drew attention to the important and active role played by Qatar in the region, including the promotion of regional dialogue and mutual understanding, expressing his country's appreciation for the mediation efforts undertaken by Qatar in various regions, noting at the same time that the Netherlands and Qatar are partners in such efforts.
He also expressed his happiness at visiting Qatar, which enjoys excellent bilateral relations with the Netherlands, and his aspiration to continue strengthening these relations on the economic and political levels.
Hoekstra added that the world is growing unstable and unpredictable, and in such a situation, Netherlands needs partners with whom it can co-operate in order to achieve stability and improve security.
"In our meetings with Qatari officials, we emphasised the value of our partnership, and looked forward to a future in which we can expand and deepen this partnership," he added.
"It was a pleasure to speak with HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, and to emphasise the strong bilateral relations, as we discussed issues of common concern, including global energy security and regional developments."
He highly appreciated the role of Qatar and its constant and continuous assistance in the flights from Afghanistan via Doha to the Netherlands, which had an effective and decisive impact in returning hundreds of Dutch and Afghan citizens to their final destinations, expressing his hope that this cooperation will continue.
Hoekstra explained that during his visit to Doha, he also held fruitful talks with HE Minister of Labour Dr Ali bin bin Smaikh al-Marri, and Head of the International Labour Organisation office in Doha Max Tonon, about the reform labour agenda being implemented by Qatar.
The Dutch minister expressed his gratitude for signing a memorandum of understanding to enhance the ongoing joint efforts in this field, looking forward to continuing the dialogue and work on sustainable improvements.
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