Ties with Qatar are strong, says Japanese envoy
(MENAFN- Gulf Times) Japanese ambassador Seiichi Otsuka has said that the relations between Japan and Qatar have been strengthened since the visit of His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani to Japan in February 2015.
He added that the two countries have established strong ties in the energy and infrastructure sectors.
Ambassador Otsuka pointed out that His Highness the Emir's visit to Japan paved the way for diversifying and widening the domain of co-operative relations to include the social, educational, cultural fields. He also emphasised the importance of increasing the pace of this co-operation to cope with Qatar's speedy nation-building process.
He praised the Qatari leadership for ensuring safety and security of people and for the good management of the national economy and the active diplomacy during the current conditions in the Gulf region.
He stated that under the current circumstance in the Gulf region, the new business models and emerging commercial networks are desirable. He expressed hope that this situation can boost the ties between Qatar and Asian countries in particular.
Ambassador Otsuka hailed the Qatari economy and its strength against the siege imposed on the country, pointing out that citizens and residents still live under normal conditions.
He said that the overwhelming majority of foreign countries support the Qatari position that the problem should be solved through dialogue. He stressed that this anniversary can provide an opportunity to demonstrate ineffectiveness of the siege and to remind us of the necessity to work for ending it.
The ambassador reiterated the insistence of his government that the problem should be solved through ‘dialogue' between the concerned parties from the beginning.
He also expressed his government's support for Kuwait's mediation efforts because it is preferable to be solved within the GCC framework. (QNA)
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