By capitalising on their strong and longstanding business relations based on mutual trust and respect, Germany and Qatar are "in a very good position" to revive their economies once the pandemic is contained, ambassador Hans-Udo Muzel has said.

Muzel noted that German companies are “very much committed” to their presence in Qatar, “which dates back many decades, and they are eager to continue their fruitful co-operation with their Qatari partners.”

“In these challenging times, when the global community has to cope with the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, regional and international co-operation should be the priority,” Muzel told Gulf Times.

According to the ambassador, the measures that were implemented globally to contain the spread of Covid-19 are unprecedented.

He said both Germany and Qatar have taken swift and comprehensive measures to contain the virus and limit the loss of life as much as possible. Both countries “have done remarkably well in this respect, so far,” he stressed.

“At the same time, we are only now beginning to understand the profound repercussions the pandemic has had on the economies of our two countries,” Muzel continued.

He added, “We believe that sharing national experiences can be instrumental in learning from each other and establishing best practices. Together, Qatar and Germany should accept this economic challenge linked to the Covid-19 pandemic and take it as an opportunity to rebuild their economies more efficient and sustainable than before.

“The pandemic proves to us that international co-operation is more important than ever. Covid-19 does not stop at borders; neither should our solidarity and co-operation. We will only be able to overcome this crisis if we can get a grip on it globally. Germany will, therefore, focus its presidency of the European Union on winning the fight against the pandemic.”

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