Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Qatar-UK ties to remain strong: Minister  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - The Peninsula - 08/07/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Negative reports in British media about the Football World Cup 2022 will not affect relations between the UK and Qatar, said Mark Simmonds (pictured), Minister for Africa and International Energy at the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

He was in Doha to discuss the situation in Sudan and Somalia and international energy issues and look at opportunities for Qatar and the UK

To a question whether negative reports in the UK's media about World Cup 2022 will adversely impact bilateral relations, he said, "I do not think so. The British media is separate from the British government. We do not control the media, it is independent of the government. We have a completely free press."

He was speaking to media persons yesterday after meetings with ministers and officials.

Simmonds met the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs H E Ahmed bin Abdullah bin Zaid Al Mahmoud, the Minister of Energy and Industry H E Dr Mohamed bin Saleh Al Sada and the Foreign Minister's Assistant for Foreign Affairs H E Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Rumeihi.

Discussions focussed on Qatar-UK cooperation on Africa, particularly in Sudan and Somalia, and opportunities for Qatar-UK partnerships on energy development and investment in Africa.

"I am delighted to have visited Qatar again for excellent meetings on very important issues," said Simmonds. "Security in Sudan and Somalia is vital, and requires international effort to help support them towards a peaceful and stable future. Qatar and the UK have an important role to play in Africa and on international energy issues and I hope my visit will strengthen co-operation in these areas, and our growing relationship," he added.


He said the problem of terrorism in Nigeria and Somalia cannot be solved just by military intervention. "Specific military solution by itself will not solve the problem. It has to be military, it has to be political, it has to be through dialogue and it also has to be through development," said Simmonds. His meeting with Dr Al Sada reviewed energy-related issues of common concern, particularly Qatar Petroleum's ventures in Africa. They also discussed issues of mutual interest.

British Ambassador Nicholas Hopton said in a statement: "The bilateral partnership is extremely strong across the board. We are working to support Qatar's realisation of its 2030 Vision and to deliver a successful World Cup in 2022. Cooperation between Qatar and the UK on Africa and energy issues is strong and Simmonds' visit is an opportunity to maintain those strong links and take our cooperation a step further."

 


The Peninsula




  MENA News Headlines
 Jun 25 2016 - Clouds Interiors, an Interior Design Company in Doha Qatar, is Now Offering Office Interior DesignsMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) --> DOHA, Qatar, June 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The founders of Clouds Interiors, a company that offers interior design Qatar business owners can rely on, are pleased to announce that ...

 Jun 25 2016 - IOM Responds to Malaria Upsurge in Bentiu, South SudanMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) IOM Responds to Malaria Upsurge in Bentiu, South Sudan GENEVA, Switzerland, June 24, 2016/APO (African Press Organization)/ -- IOM is scaling up resources to respond to an upsurge in ...

 Jun 25 2016 - Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals in 2016: 214,861 Deaths: 2,861MENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals in 2016: 214,861; Deaths: 2,861 GENEVA, Switzerland, June 24, 2016/APO/ -- IOM reports an estimated 214,861 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea ...

 Jun 25 2016 - New Fantasy Novel by D.L. Jordan Hailed as the Next Harry PotterMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) The Genesis of Destiny, a book by author D.L. Jordan is being compared to Harry Potter and is set to captivate young adults and adults alike. The Genesis of Destiny: Book 1: The ...

 Jun 25 2016 - SCOTUS Ruling on SDVOSBVOSB Companies Serving the Dept of Veterans AffairsMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) SCOTUS Ruling on SDVOSB / VOSB Companies Serving the Dept of Veterans Affairs Centered by Patient Care, Driven by Innovation Veterans Serving Veterans Our team has decades of ...

 Jun 25 2016 - Adipic Acid Market Research Value Analysis and Forecasts to 2021MENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) Adipic Acid Market Research Value Analysis and Forecasts to 2021 ReportsWeb added report on "Global Adipic Acid Consumption 2016 Market Research Report'', the report comprises ...

 Jun 25 2016 - Jordan to sign deal with EU for energy projects at USD101.51mnMENAFN
(MENAFN) Jordan will sign a deal with the EU granting the kingdom almost USD101.51mn in order to support renewable energy projects.Furthemore, the grant will fund the second phase of the renewable ...

 Jun 25 2016 - Egypt's rubber exports decline by 29 percentMENAFN
(MENAFN) Egypt's exports of rubber dropped by 29 percent to USD16.5mn in Jan-March period of this year against USD23.08mn of 2015.Accordingly, almost 10 companies captured 99.2 percent of whole ...

 Jun 25 2016 - Qatar Exchange to develop ties with regional univirsitiesMENAFN
(MENAFN) Qatar Exchange will enhance and spread its collaboration with local institutions of higher studies, involving leading univrsities and colleges.Moreover, the collaboration will be by ...

 Jun 24 2016 - Saudi Arabia's Sovereign Ratings and 'Negative' Outlook AffirmedMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) 24th June 2016 Saudi Arabia's Sovereign Ratings and 'Negative' Outlook Affirmed RATING ACTION Capital Intelligence Ratings (CI Ratings), the international credit rating ...

more...


 





Google

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary


Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help