KUALA LUMPUR – Tourism, education, investment and waiver of visa for Malaysian citizens were among the issues discussed during Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman’s official visit to Qatar recently.
The visit from May 13 to 17 aimed to further enhance the bilateral relations between Malaysian and Qatar is on the invitation of Qatar’s Foreign Affairs Minister Sheikh Mohammed Abdulrahman Al-Thani.
During the visit, Anifah also met with his counterpart, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, had an audience with the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani and called on the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani.
The meetings and audience were aimed at re-affirming and further strengthening the existing bilateral relations between Malaysia and Qatar.
During the audience with the Emir of Qatar, Anifah also conveyed the greetings of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the Government of Malaysia to the Emir and reiterated that Malaysia was looking forward to welcoming him to Malaysia on Oct 16-17.
During the meeting with Sheikh Abdullah, Anifah also expressed the views that there were huge potential for collaboration particularly in the field of tourism, health tourism and investment.
Both countries agreed towards finalising various Memoranda of Understanding to be signed during the state visit of Emir of Qatar to Malaysia.
During the meeting with Sheikh Mohammed, the discussion was centred around several bilateral, regional and global issues such as the US-North Korean crisis, South China Sea and the conflicts in Palestine, Syria and Yemen as well as reform of United Nations Security Council.
Both foreign ministers also reiterated the commitment to continue to work together to further enhance the bilateral relations between both countries.