Addis Ababa, 20 February 2023 (TDI): Qatar attended the 36th Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) Assembly to broaden its diplomatic outreach and enhance connections with the African continent.

The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Sultan bin Saad Al-Muraikhi led Qatar’s delegation. Senior Ministry of Foreign Affairs personnel also were present in this assembly.

During the session, Sultan met with their African counterparts in bilateral and multilateral meetings. They discussed various issues concerning Qatar-African political, economic, and social cooperation.

Qatar’s delegation focused on strengthening commercial connections with Africa. Qatar has always strived to diversify its economy and invest overseas, particularly in developing countries.

In recent years, the country has been actively exploring investment possibilities in Africa, particularly in infrastructure, energy, and agriculture.

The State’s delegation met with many African leaders and business executives to explore new options for economic collaboration in this regard.

Qatar’s financial resources, technical skills, and modern technology were examined during meetings to strengthen Africa’s critical commercial sectors.

The State Minister reaffirmed Qatar’s commitment to investing in the continent’s future, notably in sustainable development, job creation, and poverty reduction.

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Along these lines, Qatar reviewed with African leaders on various political and security problems in addition to economic ties.

They focused on strategies to deal with the underlying issues that lead to regional conflicts and instability and the necessity of enhancing regional and global collaboration.

The delegation also reiterated Qatar’s support for the AU’s efforts to promote peace and stability in Africa and committed to collaborating with the organization to address the continent’s most pressing concerns.

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Qatar was among the first non-African countries to establish diplomatic ties with the African Union. It opened its Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 2015.

In recent years, it has been actively attempting to strengthen its ties with African nations, focusing on economic cooperation in particular.

The country has signed many agreements with African nations to increase commerce and investment between Qatar and the region.

Qatar hosted the first Qatar-Africa Economic Forum in 2019 to explore new opportunities for economic collaboration.

The event aimed to foster economic ties between Qatar and African countries and explore new opportunities for investment and trade.

This event brought together regional stakeholders, including government officials, business executives, and others.

In addition, Qatar has taken part in several African development projects, including establishing a solar power plant in Rwanda and constructing an essential port in Somalia.

Qatar has publicly backed the AU’s measures to advance peace and stability in Africa. It has taken part in many AU-led initiatives to settle disputes there.