The meeting between His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Seoul will represent yet another milestone in further strengthening of bilateral relations between the two countries, South Korean ambassador Kim Chang-mo has said.
The envoy told Gulf Times that the two leaders will discuss a full range of issues of common interest including trade and investment, transportation infrastructure, and construction and energy, which will benefit both the peoples of South Korea and Qatar. “His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani’s visit to the Republic of Korea is the second in five years, and Korea is once again looking forward to welcoming the leader of the State of Qatar,” Chang-mo said.
He stressed that His Highness the Amir’s visit to the Republic of Korea is a clear demonstration of solid relationship between the two countries.
According to Chang-mo, Korean political and economic circles welcome these frequent exchanges of visits at all levels, which will further strengthen the bilateral relations between the Qatar and South Korea.
“We believe that the His Highness the Amir’s visit is of significant importance in conjunction with recent series of high-level exchanges between the two countries,” he noted.
These include HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani’s visit to Korea in August last year and Korea’s Land, Infrastructure and Transport Minister’s visit to Qatar last October.
“We also place great importance on Korea’s Trade Minister and Health Minister’s recent visit to Doha,” the envoy added.
Since the establishment of diplomatic ties between Qatar and South Korea in 1974, he said bilateral relations have rapidly been developed and strengthened. Currently, Qatar is the number one supplier of LNG to South Korea, according to Chang-mo.
“Our two countries have many things in common. For example, we are peninsulas surrounded by big powers, we achieved rapid economic development in relatively short period of time with the concerted efforts of the people, and we stress the importance of education,” he noted. “As such, I feel there are great potentials for our two countries to further strengthen and expand our bilateral co-operation in various areas.”
Through such exchange of visits by the heads of States a couple of years ago, there is already a strong basis of co-operation in various areas, Chang-mo added. He said Qatar and South Korea have also adopted several memorandums of understanding to strengthen co-operation in areas such as information and communications technology, technology and innovation, healthcare and medical sciences, joint investment co-operation in third countries, co-operation between the Bank of Korea and Qatar Central Bank, tourism, education and youth affairs.
“Based on those achievements, our two sides will look for possibilities of further concrete and fruitful outcomes of the visit,” the envoy stressed.