On the second day of his State Visit to Qatar, President George Vella held official talks with the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani at the Diwani Palace in Doha.
The meeting started with a confirmation on both sides of their commitment to further strengthen relations between Malta and Qatar. The two interlocutors agreed that there is ample mutually beneficial potential that may be utilised, particularly through the concrete finalisation of agreements and the timely implementation of their provisions.
Several areas of tangible cooperation were identified, ranging from the financial, maritime, aviation and industrial sectors, tourism, energy, and education. In light of the wide-ranging possibilities in these fields, it was agreed that direct contacts and visits be facilitated in all areas, to ensure that results are delivered.
Developments in the Gulf and the Euro-Mediterranean regions and the efforts made by both Qatar and Malta to promote dialogue and stability in their respective neighbourhoods were also discussed. The challenges posed by irregular migration, security of energy supply, and the effects of climate change were also raised.
In comments following the meeting, President George Vella welcomed the very cordial, positive, and constructive spirit in which the exchanges were held, stating that this State Visit is an important landmark that gives a strong impetus to relations between the two countries.