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PM Dancila, Qatari Emir discuss economic co-operation, security in Doha

Bilateral economic and sectoral co-operation, as well as security at regional and international levels were subjects of talks in Doha between Romania’s Prime Minister Viorica Dancila and Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani as part of Dancila’s visit to Doha.

“The senior officials sought to identify the best ways to deepen bilateral economic and sectoral co-operation, and to exchange views on security developments at regional and international level. Emir Al Thani highlighted the openness displayed by Qatar to intensifying bilateral co-operation with Romania, including by increasing the level of economic and commercial exchanges, and invited the Romanian side to propose concrete areas for interaction to be discussed at the Doha meetings both within a governmental framework and the business-to-business setting,” reads a press statement released on Tuesday by the Romanian Government.

Dancila reaffirmed her and the Romanian Government’s commitment to strengthening Romania’s relations with the Arab world as a whole, a goal highlighted in the 2017-2020 governing programme, which provides for intensifying political and diplomatic efforts in this direction.

She commented that the bilateral relationship with Qatar is at an important stage of its evolution, which the Romanian Government intends to use for mutual benefit. She added that Romania has a stable and predictable economy, voicing interest in co-operating with the Qatari side in priority areas such as infrastructure, healthcare, agriculture and tourism.

The meeting also occasioned an exchange of views on topics of common interest in international and regional affairs, with Dancila reiterating Romania’s support for the resumption of dialogue between the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council, a very important organisation for the regional security architecture.

She also pointed out that Romania, which will take over the six-month rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union on January 1, 2019, will continue to attach special importance to the development of relations with this region, while promoting the political settlement of the disputes in the Middle East and North Africa.

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