HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim al-Thani will head Qatar's delegation in the 8th Meeting of the Qatar-Singapore High-Level Joint Committee, during his visit to the Republic of Singapore, which starts Wednesday and lasts until August 26.
During the weekly media briefing, Adviser to the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Official Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dr Majed bin Mohamed al-Ansari indicated that the visit comes within the framework of strengthening the relations between the two countries, as HE Sheikh Mohamed will meet with President of Singapore Halimah Yacob, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean and Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan.
During the visit, HE Sheikh Mohamed will deliver a lecture, which is the first in the 'Raffles' lecture series held by the national institute for strategic studies in Singapore and will deal with the principles of Qatari foreign policy and the relations between Qatar and Asean, especially Singapore, he added.
The official spokesperson pointed out that during the visit HE the Prime Minister will be accompanied by HE Minister of Finance Ali bin Ahmed al-Kuwari, HE Minister of Commerce and Industry Sheikh Mohamed bin Hamad bin Qassim al-Thani, HE Minister of Education and Higher Education Buthaina bint Ali al- Jabr al-Nuaimi, HE Minister of Social Development and Family Maryam bint Ali bin Nasser al-Misnad, HE President of the Civil Service and Government Development Bureau Abdulaziz bin Nasser al-Khalifa, HE Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Qatar Free Zones Authority (QFZA) Ahmad bin Mohamed al- Sayed and HE Qatar Airways CEO Akbar al-Baker.
He stressed that Asia is of great importance to Qatar at all levels, especially economic, political and social, as Qatar is an Asian country and must have a role in its wide region, pointing out that the largest importers of Qatari gas are Asian countries.
Dr al-Ansari noted that the relations between Qatar and countries in Asia are pivotal, continuous, and extremely important, as Asian countries are among the most important partners in the field of energy and investment, and the challenges of regional and international security and peace are common challenges that can only be worked on collectively.
He indicated that during recent years these relations have been developed and many agreements have been signed that reflect Qatar's great interest in its relations with Asia.