The Charge d'Affaires of the Ukrainian embassy in Qatar Vasyl Bodnar stressed that Qatar and Ukraine have a strong relationship for more than 25 years. In a statement to Qatar News Agency (QNA), on the occasion of celebrating Qatar National Day, Bodnar stated that last year Ukraine and Qatar marked 25th anniversary of the establishment of its diplomatic ties.
During this relatively short historical period and especially over the recent years, a constructive and mutually beneficial partnership between the two states have been built, he said adding that Ukraine highly values its friendly ties with Qatar and the atmosphere of trust and mutual understanding existing between the leadership and people of our two states.
He pointed that over the recent years, the two countries achieved a number of significant goals on bilateral agenda on both the political and economic tracks including: operating direct flights between Kiev and Doha; introduction of the visa-free regime between Ukraine and Qatar; establishment of a Joint Intergovernmental Commission on economic, commercial and technical co-operation.
In this regard, Bodnar noted the substantial increasing of the bilateral trade turnover, saying: "All that laid down a favourable basis for further expansion of the mutually beneficial co-operation between two states. We have all necessary capacities and possibilities to expand our co-operation, especially in energy, real estate, banking, investment, agriculture, construction sectors and infrastructure. So, we are working hard towards achieving these goals."
In response to a question about his opinion of the development in Qatar, he affirmed that despite the difficult times that the Gulf region is currently living through and all that crucial challenges that Qatar is facing, these last two years witnessed Qatar making significant achievements on both domestic and international arenas. "All that is thanks to the good governance, wise policy and great efforts applied by His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and all the leadership of Qatar as well as unity among Qatari people and its residents and their trust in the leadership of the state," he stated.
The Ukrainian official also said that Qatar's success in diversifying and strengthening its economy, made the country one of the fastest growing economies in the world, noting the significant success of the country in implementation of a vital infrastructure projects as well as expanding its scientific, educational, cultural and health care facilities in line with Qatar National Vision 2030.
He also hailed Qatar's considerable reforms to its legal framework, especially in the field of development and reforming of the country's legislation in the fields of labour; investments and business to name a few.
On the international stage, he said that proactive stance and decisive foreign policy helped Qatar not only to secure but even to gain more political influence and strengthen its prestige worldwide as a reliable and trustworthy power and partner. Qatar deepened its partnerships with the major international powers and significantly broadened its co-operation with many partners in different parts of the world, he stressed.
The Charge d'Affaires of Ukrainian Embassy concluded his statement by expressing his sincere congratulations on the occasion of the National Day to all Qataris and foreigners, wishing the friendly State of Qatar, stability and further prosperity.