Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the Hellenic Republic, H E Abdulaziz Ali Al Naama has affirmed the continuous development of Doha-Athens relations, and the great economic growth witnessed as a result of the establishment of a Qatari-Greek business council specialized in the private sector to activate investment between the two countries.
In an interview with the News Agency of Greece, H E Ambassador Abdulaziz Ali Al Naama said that the GreekQatari relations are in a state of continuous development thanks to the constant communication between officials of the two countries and the exchange of official visits by high-level delegations.
He referred, in this context, to the presence of a Qatari interest in investing in Greece, saying: The State of Qatar has a prominent interest in the field of investment and growing activity at the regional and international levels, noting that the State of Qatar raises the ceiling of its interest in the investment movement in Greece based on special agreements in the field of investment between the two sides, highlighting in this regard the establishment of a QatariGreek business council specialized in the private sector to activate investment. He said that the State of Qatar had dealt with the coronavirus pandemic at the local level, based on several pillars to combat the pandemic, which include: community awareness, checking, providing sufficient beds to receive infected cases, and allocating a number of hospitals to treat those infected with the coronavirus (COVID19), by providing a sufficient number of beds.
H E Ambassador Al Naama added that the State of Qatar had made global cooperation and solidarity key way to confront the COVID-19 pandemic in the world, by providing humanitarian assistance to many friendly countries, including Lebanon, Iran, Albania, Palestine, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of Angola, China, Nepal, the United States, Italy, Rwanda and Somalia, and others, believing in the importance of supporting brotherly and friendly countries in combating the virus.
He said that the State of Qatar, based on its conviction is ensuring the health and safety for all citizens and residents, coordinating facilitating the response, and providing assistance to countries in need to combat corona as a top priority, and has repeatedly called for the necessity of international cooperation to overcome this ordeal.
H E the Ambassador stressed that Doha had succeeded in overcoming this unjust blockade and getting out of its negative effects, adding that the Qatari people folded its page and turned it into an incentive to achieve more political, diplomatic, economic and industrial achievements. He pointed out that the State of Qatar, since the beginning of the Gulf crisis, had called for dialogue and remained sublime on the principle of reciprocity, and did not expel any of the citizens of the blockading countries, or dispersed any Gulf family.
Regarding the agreement concluded between the United States and the Taliban in Doha, H E Ambassador Al Naama said that this agreement, which was sponsored by the State of Qatar, is of great importance, describing it as a “historic achievement” that contributes to peace in the region and enhances hope for ending the war that has been going on in Afghanistan for nearly 18 years and was the longest United States foreign wars.
On expectations of the State of Qatar organizing and hosting the 2022 World Cup, H E the Ambassador confirmed that Qatar has become a sports hub by hosting the 2022 World Cup, and it welcomes all those coming to attend the World Cup, which will be held for the first time in the region, noting that the ongoing preparations for hosting it are in full swing and “fans and visitors will have an unparalleled experience”, stressing that Qatar promises the world a unique edition of the World Cup.
H E Ambassador Al Naama said that the State of Qatar pays great attention to the workers’ rights within the framework of promoting and guaranteeing human rights in the country through the issuance of the law of the permanent residence of foreign workers, and the amendment of entry and exit of expatriates and their residence, besides issuing a law establishing a fund to support and secure expats, as well as the labor dispute resolution committees in the State.
He added that the State of Qatar had recently implemented comprehensive reforms with regard to labor laws and regulations to consolidate basic rights in the field of work, considering that Qatar places the rights of all migrant workers at the center of its economic and social policies.