Telephone conversation of between President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Emir of the State of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamed Al Thani was held yesterday.
During telephone conversation, the President of Turkmenistan and the Emir of Qatar have stated high level of interstate dialog, which is successfully developed owing to mutual goodwill of the sides, having highlighted the presence of wide perspectives for intensification of beneficial cooperation in priority directions.
In this regard, the intent of both countries to strengthen productive trade and economic partnership, to promote close business contacts in various spheres has been confirmed.
Oil and gas sector, transport and communication sphere, chemical and textile industry, trade and investments, which have big opportunities for long-term cooperation and implementation of joint projects, have been outlined among perspective directions of cooperation.
At the same time, it was highlighted that traditional cooperation in humanitarian and cultural field, which is based on similarity of historical roots, spiritual and cultural values of both nations, is an integral part of Turkmen – Qatari relations.
Having exchanged the views on current issues of regional and global agenda, the sides highlighted the commitment of Turkmenistan and the State of Qatar to long partnership under competent international organizations, where our countries demonstrate mutual support of constructive proposals and initiatives.
Turkmen leader has invited the Head of friendly state to make and official visit to our country at any convenient time. The invitation has been accepted with gratitude. The time of the visit will be agreed through diplomatic channels.
In the end of the telephone conversation, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Emir of the State of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani have confirmed mutual intent of the sides to develop fruitful interstate dialog in all directions, having wished health and success to each other and peace, wealth and prosperity to fraternal nations of both countries.
The telephone conversation has been initiated by Qatari side.
Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze has attended the reception evening dedicated to Qatar’s national holiday. Mikheil Janelidze appeared with a speech before the attending audience congratulating the State of Qatar and the Qatari people on their national holiday.
According to the Minister, the relations between the two countries are successful and co-operation between the Foreign Ministries, as well as various line ministries have gained a fresh momentum.
“Qatar’s business interest in Georgia keeps rising and relations between the private sectors of Georgia and Qatar are gradually strengthening. Introduction of direct flights between the two countries is worthy of special mention, in this context. It is a very important decision which will be put into practice tomorrow. Such direct flights to be performed three times a week create far greater prospects for the development of people-to-people contacts, for closer ties between business communities, which, I hope will become even more intensive in the future and will be followed by concrete projects” – the Minister said. At the end of the meeting Mikheil Janelidze thanked the Embassy of Qatar to Georgia for its contribution to the further development of relations between the two countries.
On 4 May 2016, Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister David Jalagania met Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Qatar to Georgia Mubarak bin Nasser Mubarak Al-Khalifa.
Talking points included issues on the agenda of bilateral relations between Georgia and Qatar and prospects for further enhancement of co-operation. The sides underlined the recent active partnership in various different directions and expressed the readiness to promote the deepening of the fruitful co-operation.
The sides underlined the importance of holding the first round of political consultations between the Foreign Ministries of the two countries in the near future and agreed to work actively in this direction. The issues of exchanging high-level visits were also discussed, including the visits of the Qatari Minister of State for Defence Affairs and Minister of Environment due to be paid in May.
The Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister Davit Jalagania received Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Qatar to Georgia H.E. Mubarak bin Nasser Mubarak Al-Khalifa.
Discussions focused on important issues on the agenda of bilateral relations between Georgia and Qatar and prospects for the development of future co-operation.
Special attention was paid to the preparations of the Silk Road Forum due to be held in Tbilisi, in October 2015. The Ambassador of Qatar expressed his interest to take part in the forum.
Parliamentarians from the 47-nation Council of Europe will on Thursday debate a call on FIFA, football’s world governing body, to hold a new vote on the 2022 World Cup awarded to Qatar because of “illegal payments” made to secure the Cup.
In a surprise decision yesterday, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) voted to bring forward discussion of the report, on “the reform of football governance”, by two months. FIFA President Sepp Blatter, who is currently running for re-election to his post, had been invited to address the Assembly as part of the debate.
The report, by Michael Connarty (United Kingdom, SOC), says “large sums of money” paid to over 30 senior African football officials or their national associations by FIFA’s Qatari Vice-President Mohammed bin Hammam – as revealed by the UK’s Sunday Times newspaper – ensured Qatar received the votes it needed at a key meeting. This excluded other bids, enabling Qatar to win later rounds of voting.
The procedure was so “fundamentally undermined by illegality” that it should be re-run using fairer procedures, the report says.
Mr Connarty said he had been able to examine the documents obtained by the Sunday Times in detail and found the evidence of illegal payments unequivocal. “Given the structured action of this scale and the sums involved, there can be no doubt that that there was a ‘direct correlation’ between these flagrant irregularities and the outcome of the vote,” he said.
The report, on the reform of football governance, also called on Qatar to respect the basic rights of foreign migrant workers and urged FIFA to encourage this process. It also addressed recommendations for improving transparency and governance to UEFA and other sports organisations.
The result of the vote is expected in the early evening on Thursday 23 April.