Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s working visit to the State of Qatar


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Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov paid a working visit to Doha on August 2-3. He was received by Emir of the State of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and held talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah.

The sides discussed the entire range of Russian-Qatari relations, reaffirming the mutual determination to continue stepping up their multi-level political contacts and promoting cooperation at various international venues, including the UN, as well as within the framework of the ongoing strategic dialogue between Russia and the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, the Arab League and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.

While considering the state of and prospects for promoting the mutually beneficial ties between Russia and Qatar in the economic and trade area, the sides noted that they shared the determination to increase the efficiency of cooperation in the investment and energy areas, including coordination within the framework of the Doha-based Gas Exporting Countries Forum.

They also discussed preparations for the FIFA World Cup in Russia in 2018 and in Qatar in 2022.

A full-scale exchange of views was held on the state of affairs in the Middle East and North Africa with an emphasis on the existing situation in Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen. The Russian side stressed the need for the world community’s vigorous, consolidated efforts to facilitate the finding of mutually acceptable solutions to the acute domestic political crises continuing in these countries and to resolve the Palestinian problem on the well-known international legal basis, including the Arab Peace Initiative. Sergey Lavrov explained the meaning of the Russian proposal to form a broad-based antiterrorist front in the interests of an effective fight against the Islamic State and other extremist groups affiliated with Al Qaeda.

Russia and Qatar praised highly the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iranian nuclear programme settlement coordinated by the P5+1 and Iran and discussed possible influence of these understandings on the situation in the region, including the establishment of an area free of all types of weapons of mass destruction and their delivery vehicles in the Middle East and the formation of a collective security system in the Gulf area.


August 3, 2015