Ambassador Rashid bin Ali Al Khater: Qatar Keen to Develop Relations with Bulgaria

HE Ambassador of the State of Qatar to Bulgaria Rashid bin Ali Al Khater said that the Qatari-Bulgarian relations are distinctive and have witnessed remarkable development in recent years, pointing out that the State of Qatar is keen to develop and strengthen them at all levels and in all fields to serve the interests of the Qatari and Bulgarian peoples.

In an interview for Bulgaria's 24-hour newspaper, HE the Ambassador appreciated Bulgaria's support for the State of Qatar in light of the unjust blockade imposed on it, calling for leadership in the Republic of Bulgaria to find a solution to the Gulf crisis by bringing the parties back to the negotiating table.

He explained that Qatar was subjected to conspiracies by the countries of the blockade, which started with the crime of hacking the website of Qatar News Agency and broadcasting false news in May 2017, followed by the imposition of the unjust blockade in an attempt to threaten the security, stability and national sovereignty of the state, beside the imposition of unilateral measures by the countries of the blockade constitute a flagrant violation of regional and international treaties and conventions.

HE stressed that these unjust measures taken by the countries of the blockade did not negatively affect Qatar, both economically and politically. The national economy was able to maintain its strength and remained the fastest growing in the region including the productive and industrial sectors.

Ambassador Al Khater also explained that HE President of Bulgaria Rumen Radev is expected to visit Qatar at the beginning of this year, pointing out the importance of this visit in promoting bilateral relations between the two countries.

He pointed out that the joint committee for economic cooperation between the governments of Qatar and Bulgaria has been established since 2009, where the two countries have been able to strengthen their economic and trade relations, which is revealed by the continuous rise in the terms of trade between the two countries in recent years.

The Ambassador said that the two countries' governments have been able to push forward the cooperation relations in the economy through many bilateral agreements, stressing that Qatar's foreign policy is based on peace, security, stability, cooperation and friendship among the countries and peoples of the world.

He said that Qatar always emphasizes the need to resolve conflicts by sitting at the dialogue between the parties and by peaceful means, pointing out that Doha plays a pivotal role in this area by providing effective mediation to settle disputes and find solutions at the regional and international levels.

At the end of the interview, the Ambassador said that Qatar is considered one of the first countries to support humanitarian and charitable works in countries that have been hit by disasters and supports poor countries in the field of education.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs