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Opening of the third session of the Arab Economic and Cooperation Forum with the countries of Central Asia and Azerbaijan

By Manal Abdel Fattah

Today, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman bin Jassim Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, opened the work of the third session of the Arab Economic and Cooperation Forum with the countries of Central Asia and the Republic of Azerbaijan.

The Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, in a speech presiding over the forum before the opening session, expressed the State of Qatar’s aspiration, through its presidency of this forum in its third session, to agree on a set of programs that would enhance trade exchanges and investments between the two regions, and joint cooperation to ensure the sustainability of supply chains. , linking means of transportation and transit, food, energy, and water security, as well as implementing joint investment projects, developing clean energy, green economy, and smart agriculture, addressing environmental problems, and investing in tourism infrastructure, education, and health.

He also expressed the hope that the Doha Declaration would produce practical plans and programs that would contribute to achieving international peace and security and sustainable development, and would bring security, stability and well-being to our people.

He said that the forum sends a significant message that the historical, cultural and civilizational relations and ties that bring together the Arab world with the countries of Central Asia and Azerbaijan represent a solid ground for developing cooperation between them at the various political, economic, social, cultural and technological levels.

He also expressed “appreciation for the League of Arab States, which provided us with this important platform for consultation and coordination in ways to enhance cooperation and establish fruitful partnerships between us, based on our firm conviction that the countries of Central Asia and Azerbaijan represent a natural geographical, cultural and civilizational extension of the Arab world, and our determination to advance common economic interests.” “And consolidating the bonds of cooperation with the countries of Central Asia and Azerbaijan within a broader framework of political consultation and economic and development cooperation.”

The Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs believed that today’s meeting at the level of foreign ministers and economic ministers reflects the commitment at the highest levels to complete the joint plans and programs that were agreed upon during the previous two sessions and translate them into reality.

He added, “We believe that this matter requires the development of real economic partnerships with direct and beneficial returns for all parties, economically and strategically. This in turn requires the private sector, businessmen, and investors from both parties to exert effort and engage in what our governments are doing, in order to enhance economic and trade cooperation.”

He pointed out that the meeting today is being held at a stage in which the Arab region and the countries of the region are facing many cross-border challenges and crises, which places them all before a historic responsibility that requires them to deepen consultation and cooperation mechanisms in order to find peaceful solutions based on the provisions of the United Nations Charter and the principles of international law, and in a way that enables them to Overcoming this difficult stage and taking its peoples to a new stage of prosperity, development and stability, and establishing the foundations of the rule of law.

He stressed the importance of achieving sustainable development goals, eliminating poverty and hunger, and enhancing cooperation in the fields of higher education, research and training, innovation, artificial intelligence, digitization, and biotechnology.

He continued, “In this context, we encourage ministers, investment officials and business representatives to communicate and discuss investment mechanisms and opportunities, potential partnerships, and exchange best practices.”

At the end of the speech, the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs affirmed that the State of Qatar will continue its approach based on cooperation and dialogue to achieve the goals of the international and regional community in maintaining the multilateral international system, and peace, security, stability and prosperity throughout the world.

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