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Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn, held a session of official talks at the Emiri Diwan yesterday.
At the outset of the talks, H H the Emir welcomed the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, looking forward that the visit would contribute to expanding the bilateral relations between the two countries to a wider level.
For his part, the Ethiopian Prime Minister expressed thanks and gratitude to H H the Emir for his invitation to visit Qatar, expressing the hope that the visit would result in further cooperation between the two countries at all levels. He underlined that the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia stands with its principles and supports the State of Qatar in establishing security and stability in the Gulf region and Africa.
During the talks, H H the Emir and the Ethiopian Prime Minister reviewed bilateral relations and means of enhancing them in various fields, especially in the fields of economy, tourism and investment. The talks also tackled a number of regional and international issues of mutual interest, especially the developments in the Middle East.
Following the session of talks, H H the Emir and the Prime Minister of Ethiopia witnesses the signing of a number of agreements and Memorandums of Understanding between the two countries, including an agreement on defence cooperation between the Ministry of Defence of the State of Qatar and the Ministry of Defence of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.
The two sides also signed an agreement on the abolition of visa requirements for holders of diplomatic and private and service passports, and an agreement on mutual encouragement and protection of investment.
The session of talks was attended by the Prime Minister and Interior Minister H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani and a number of Their Excellencies the ministers. On the Ethiopian side, the talks were attended by Their Excellencies members of the official delegation accompanying HE the Prime Minister.
The Prime Minister of Ethiopia Hailemariam Desalegn was accorded an official reception upon his arrival to the Emiri Diwan.
The Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani hosted a luncheon banquet in honour of Prime Minister of Ethiopia Hailemariam Desalegn and his accompanying delegation, at the Emiri Diwan yesterday. The banquet was attended by Prime Minister and Minister of Interior H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani and a number of Their Excellencies ministers.
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