Paris, 12 July 2022 (TDI): The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar, Mohammad Abdulrahman Al-Thani, met the Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs of France, Catherine Colonna.

The two ministers met in Paris on Monday and discussed ways of enhancing bilateral relations, especially in the economy and investment.

The meeting was held as part of the Choose France Summit to boost economic relations between the two countries. The Choose France Summit is France’s flagship forum for economic attractiveness.

It has taken place each year since 2018 by the President of France and the members of the government.

The Summit brings together hundreds of leaders from huge multinational corporations at Versailles. The Choose France Summit seeks to promote France’s international investments across the country.

In addition to strengthening economic relations, the two dignitaries also exchanged views on several joint issues. They discussed current global issues and regional developments.

These include Iran’s nuclear deal and developments in Afghanistan, Chad, Libya, Lebanon, and Ukraine.

On the Iranian nuclear deal, the two ministers agreed on the importance of reaching a fair agreement. Emphasis was laid on a diplomatic resolution to the crisis in Ukraine.

The two leaders also had a detailed discussion on the Palestinian issue. The two sides expressed the importance of setting a political resolution for the Palestinian issue.

In addition, they also stressed the importance of negotiations aiming to establish a two-state solution based on the 1967 borders.

Qatar-France relations

Qatar and France enjoy a longstanding partnership. In March 2022, both countries celebrated the 50th anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic ties.

Both sides have signed two memoranda of understanding expressing their determination to strengthen their relations.

These included an MoU between Business France and Investment Promotion Agency (IPA) Qatar. The second MoU was between Universite Sud and Qatar Foundation.

In June 2022, the two ministers also exchanged dialogue on strengthening fields of investment between the two countries.