Amir to meet UK PM on Friday
September 19 2019 09:53 PM
His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani
His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani

His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani will hold talks with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in London on Friday.

The talks at 10 Downing Street will centre on strengthening strategic relations and bilateral co-operation in various fields of partnership.

The two leaders will also exchange views on the latest developments in the region and the world.

Commenting on the Amir's London visit, British Ambassador to Qatar Ajay Sharma said the relationship between the UK and Qatar was historic, deep and important.

“We in the UK are entering a new period in our history as we leave the European Union. It is a good illustration of the strength of the relationship that in this key moment in our history, we have a meeting between our Prime Minister Boris Johnson and His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani,” the ambassador said.

“This goes to show how much Qatar matters to UK, but also how much the UK matters to Qatar. People are visiting London and Doha all the time, whether it is for tourism, sport (we all wish Qatar in hosting the world athletics this month) for business or at the political level. And this is great. But when we have engagement at the highest-level possible between our Prime Minister and his Highness this is something special. It is a great opportunity to set the direction for the relationship.”

Sharma said “one of the outcomes from the Prime Minister-Amir meeting will, I hope, be even stronger co-operation in areas of mutual benefit. This is about not only trade (which is around £6.5bn annually) and investment, security and defence, but also about the World Cup in particular, which is going to be with us sooner than we think”

He said the UK and Qatar have a shared interest in ensuring and working together in making this region as stable as possible, “and that means looking at ways to promote dialogue and peaceful resolution of disputes and disagreements.”

Qatar has a unique ability to reach parts of the region and the world, the ambassador said, “and we in the UK have multiple relationships with lots of different partners across the globe. That is why the UK and Qatar can do more in promoting regional stability and in support of the rules-based international system.”

Sharma said “working together we can help create an environment where people can live in harmony and prosper. These are values that the UK and Qatar share."

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