San José, 30 September 2023 (TDI): The Vice Minister for Bilateral Affairs & International Cooperation of Costa Rica, Lydia Peralta & Qatari Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Sultan bin Saad Al Muraikhi held the 2nd political consultations meeting.

The meeting was held on September 29 along with delegations from both sides. It helped enhance bilateral ties.

Discussion was held on topics related to mutual interest in the international community, as well as signing agreements related to shared interests and exploration of opportunities for collaborative efforts.

The delegation from Costa Rica outlined their foreign trade policy and introduced a new plan to attract foreign direct investment.

Furthermore, they presented several projects related to artificial intelligence, biogas, and biomass utilization, as well as the production, storage, and transportation of hydrogen, among other topics of interest.

Similarly, they reviewed the status of existing agreements and assessed potential ones in various fields such as health, sports, culture, and education.

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Within the multilateral and regional agenda, both sides covered topics related to the blue agenda, including the United National Conference on Climate Change (COP28).

They also deliberated upon the Central American Integration System (SICA), as well as engagements with foreign partners and regional migration issues.

Diplomatic Relations

Next year, Costa Rica and Qatar will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their diplomatic relations. Notably, Costa Rica established its first resident embassy in an Arab country, Qatar in 2010.

In 2022, Costa Rican exports to Qatar included items like bananas, pineapples, roasted coffee, printing machinery, copiers, fax machines, and various food preparations.

In the same year, Costa Rica imported ethylene polymers in primary forms, sodium hydroxide, laptop computers, electrical materials, and more from Qatar.