Spanish ambassador to Qatar Belen Alfaro has said that the past year has been really turbulent and challenging at the global level in terms of health and economy.
She stressed that Qatar has faced these difficulties with great resilience and the country is emerging stronger from the pandemic.
The government's rapid reaction through restrictions and robust response mechanisms to cope with the Covid-19 has served to mitigate the effects of the pandemic on the domestic economy, she added.
In a statement to Qatar News Agency (QNA) on the occasion of the National Day, she said that the bilateral relations between Qatar and Spain remain excellent, inspired by the strong affection between both royal families.
The two countries' respective governments have been working hand in hand to address common issues, and during 2021, Qatar has hosted two ministerial visits from Spain, with the most recent one led by Minister for Foreign Affairs, Co-operation and European Union Jose Manuel Albares Bueno in
September, holding meetings with His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and the HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani.
In addition, HE the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Sultan bin Saad al-Muraikhi visited Madrid in October to meet his Spanish counterpart, she added.
Moreover, during the last couple of months, Qatar and Spain have signed multiple bilateral agreements including one on cultural co-operation and a memorandum of understanding in youth and sports, the ambassador said, noting that in addition, tourism between the two countries has resumed, as more than 8,000 Qatari residents have been able to visit Spain.
She hailed Qatar's organisation of the FIFA Arab Cup 2021, saying that it is an exciting event that will offer an excellent experience to gain know-how in the preparations of the World Cup. She also expressed her belief that Qatar is ready and looking forward to next year's major event.
The ambassador underlined that the Spanish national team, after securing their qualification last month, are also looking forward to delivering a great performance during the competition, in which Spain co-operated with Qatar.
The ambassador has congratulated the Amir, the Qatari government and people on the occasion of the National Day, wishing a happy and joyful National Day.
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