Comment by the Information and Press Department on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s visit to Qatar


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On August 2-3, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will pay a working visit to Qatar. In Doha, he will be received by Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, and will hold talks with Qatari Minister of Foreign Affairs Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah.

Qatar is one of Russia’s leading partners in the Gulf region. The two countries maintain a trusting dialogue on a broad range of issues on the regional and international agendas. Specifically, Mr Lavrov will discuss with the Qatari leaders the problems of peaceful settlement of the conflicts in Syria, Yemen, and Libya with an emphasis on consolidating an international effort in the search for mutually acceptable solutions to the continuing serious military and political crises there, including an effective coordinated fight against the universal threat of terrorism represented by ISIS, Al Qaeda, and other similar extremist groups.

The Russian-Qatari exchange of views will focus on strengthening stability in the Gulf zone. In this context, it is planned to once again draw Qatar’s attention to the Russian concept of a collective security system for this strategically important region of the world, which Moscow has strongly promoted over the past several years. The ministers will analyse in detail Iran’s role in regional affairs after the IRI and the six international mediators reached an understanding on the Iranian nuclear programme in Vienna.

They will also analyse the state of and prospects for further consolidation of the traditionally friendly relations between Russia and Qatar. The two countries have cooperated in the energy sphere, primarily on natural gas. This cooperation is both bilateral and within the framework of the Doha-based Gas Exporting Countries Forum. There are opportunities in the investment area as well. At the same time, given that the potential for business cooperation is strongly underused, Mr Lavrov will outline the areas where mutually beneficial cooperation could be increased.

The ministers will also talk about the further improvement of the contractual legal framework of bilateral relations, including the headway on a Russian-Qatari intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and a number of interagency documents. They will discuss exchanges of experience on preparations for the FIFA World Cup, which Russia and Qatar will host in 2018 and 2022, respectively. We hope that the discussions will give a new impetus to both countries’ efforts in this regard.

A trilateral meeting is planned in Doha between Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, US Secretary of State John Kerry and Saudi Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir.


August 1, 2015