Malaysia-Qatar will expand cooperation for the interest and benefit of the people –PM Ismail

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PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob had received a courtesy call from the Deputy Prime Minister of Qatar, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani at his office on Friday.

“I am delighted to receive Sheikh Mohammed at my office today and I appreciate the exchange of views we had on different issues that are of interest to both Malaysia and Qatar.

“As a brotherly country, I believe Malaysia and Qatar could expand our cooperation in various fields for the benefit of our people,” Ismail wrote in Twitter today.

Sheikh Mohammed who is also the Foreign Minister of Qatar was on his official visit to Malaysia from 11-12 Aug. 2022.

At the meeting, Ismail had also expressed his appreciation for the USD50 million contributions through the Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) towards the welfare of Rohingya refugees in Malaysia especially in taking care of their health and educational needs.

This visit serves as a follow-up to Prime Minister’s visit to the State of Qatar in March 2022 besides as a lead up preparation for the State Visit of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, to Malaysia in 2023.

Meanwhile Sheikh Mohammed said, he had met with Prime Minister Ismail to discuss economic and investment cooperation, international developments especially in Palestine and support of Rohingya refugees in Malaysia.

“We value our close ties and look forward to enhance cooperation at all levels,” Sheikh Mohammed said in Twitter today.

Regarding the joint press conference between Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Datuk Seri Saifuddin Abdullah, the Qatar Foreign Minister emphasized his concerns on the development in Afghanistan and hopes the parties concerned will stick to the agreement to counter terrorisms.

He said, both Qatar and Malaysia will maintain giving humanitarian aids to Afghanistan as well as help the Rohingya refugees in Malaysia.

“It is important to help the Rohingyas together as it will help protect our interests,” Sheikh Mohammed said.

According to him the discussion with Saifuddin as his counterpart had also touched on bilateral relations besides cooperation in several areas namely education, culture and also exchange of tourists. –Malaysia World News



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