The official visit of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani to the friendly Kingdom of the Netherlands marked a significant milestone in the longstanding and friendly relations between the two nations, a joint statement issued on the conclusion of the trip on Monday, has said.

The statement reads as follows: On the 24th of June, His Highness the Amir of the State of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani concluded a successful official visit to the Netherlands upon an invitation from King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, marking a significant milestone in the longstanding and friendly relations between our two nations. This visit reflects the mutual commitment of Qatar and the Netherlands to further strengthen bilateral ties and enhance cooperation in various fields of mutual interest, paving the way for enhanced collaboration between government and private sectors.

During the visit, His Highness the Amir met with King Willem-Alexander and Prime Minister Mark Rutte and engaged in comprehensive exchange on a range of issues. Both parties emphasized the importance of dialogue and collaboration in addressing global challenges and fostering international peace and stability.

Key outcomes of the visit included: Bilateral Relations:

Both nations committed to strengthening the foundations of their bilateral relationship. This commitment aims to facilitate cooperation and engagement in new areas for both government and private sectors. The exchange highlighted the importance of exploring new opportunities and creating a conducive environment for collaboration across various domains.

Regional developments: An in-depth exchange took place of views on the current situation in the region, the risk of regional escalation, and maritime security. Both countries reiterated the importance of achieving a permanent and sustainable cessation of hostilities, upholding international law and international humanitarian law regarding protection of civilians in armed conflicts, the release of hostages, and the alleviation of the dire humanitarian situation in the Gaza strip.

Both countries articulated their positions and valuable insights were gained into the role and efforts of Qatar in promoting sustainable peace and stability in the region. The State of Qatar commended the stance of the Netherlands on its support for a two-state solution, with an independent Palestinian state and for standing firm against the illegal settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Appreciation was also expressed for the significant and commendable role that Qatar played in the evacuation of Dutch citizens and others from Afghanistan.

International Cooperation: Both countries agreed to expand collaboration in multilateral institutions to promote the international legal order, explored the potential for cooperation in mediating international disputes, supported by the signing of a Letter of Intent. This agreement paves the way for joint efforts in addressing global challenges through diplomatic and humanitarian means.

Economic Cooperation: Opportunities for trade and investment in key sectors such as sustainable energy, climate, water, e-health, science, and technology were explored and leveraged. This effort was reinforced by a CEO roundtable, led by HE Minister of Commerce and Industry Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Qassim al-Thani and HE Minister of Trade and Development Cooperation of the Netherlands, Liesje Schreinemacher, of which brought together business leaders to discuss potential partnerships. Qatar remains of great relevance for the Netherlands and the EU energy supply, emphasized by the recent LNG-deal between QatarEnergy and Shell for the import of LNG through Rotterdam. The signing of two Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) on economic and technical cooperation and between the Chambers of Commerce further solidifies this commitment. These agreements aim to enhance economic ties, promote innovation, and facilitate the exchange of knowledge and expertise.

Defence Co-operation: The visit promoted defence co-operation through the signing of an MoU for the exchange of information and experience in areas such as military planning procedures, joint exercises, and humanitarian aid. This agreement strengthens the defence partnership between the two nations and enhances their ability to respond to regional and global security challenges collaboratively.

Human Rights and Social Development: Qatar and the Netherlands reaffirmed their dedication to upholding human rights and promoting social development in their respective countries and internationally. The Netherlands highly values the ongoing cooperation with Qatar on human rights.

Both nations expressed their satisfaction with the outcomes of this visit and reiterated their determination to build on this momentum to achieve tangible results for the benefit of their peoples. Both nations look forward to continuing this positive trajectory, working together to achieve common goals and address global challenges.