Qatar’s ambassador to the Republic of Korea Mohamed bin Ahmed al-Haiki expressed the aspiration to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries in various fields, noting that the ground for that exists, as Doha and Seoul signed more than 30 bilateral agreements and memoranda of understanding covering all areas of co-operation.
In an interview with South Korea’s Arirang TV, the ambassador said that many Korean companies are involved in huge projects related to the 2022 World Cup, pointing out that some Korean companies are currently implementing projects related to the roads leading to Al Thumama and Al Wakrah stadiums in the south of the country.
He added that the Republic of Korea is among the developed countries and it has rich culture and unique heritage, besides it is a model especially in the field of technology and innovation, indicating that the State of Qatar is characterized by a strong economy that achieves continuous growth, and is one of the oil and LNG producing countries, but it focuses more on the gas sector.
The ambassador explained that the preparations of Qatar to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup are proceeding well, pointing to the recent report issued by the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, on the progress of work in the World Cup facilities where many projects were completed by 90%.
Regarding what Qatar wants to achieve by hosting the 2022 World Cup, the ambassador said that it is not easy for a small country to host a huge event like the World Cup, and Qatar wants to prove to the world by accepting this challenge that even for small countries can organize huge events and accomplish great achievements with strong will and determination.
Qatar also wants to leave a mark and legacy of history distinctly and differently from others, as each country that hosted the World Cup has left its distinctive cultural feature on the championship, which is what Qatar wants to achieve as well, he further explained.
Al-Haiki stressed that the Qatari government does not want the country’s economy to depend on a single source of income, so ambitious policies are now being pursued to diversify sources of income and create new sectors such as the petrochemicals and fertilizers sector. He added that Qatar has a sovereign fund, that manages significant investments in Europe, Asia, and the United States.
The ambassador of Qatar pointed out that diplomacy is an art used to achieve specific goals in a good way, and it is a good method to improve negotiation methods to avoid conflict.
He said that the world today is very complex and tainted with uncertainty, so it needs diplomacy as the main means to solve issues and bring stability to the world, as it can achieve concrete results that contribute to global stability and security.