Qatar, Colombia vow to enhance relations

HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani yesterday held a round of official talks with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos at the Colombian presidential palace of Casa de Narino.

HE the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor al-Thani attended the session along with members of the official delegation accompanying HH the Emir.

It was attended as well by a number of ministers and senior officials from the Colombian side.

The session discussed bilateral relations and ways to enhance  them in all fields. Regional and international issues of mutual concern were also reviewed.

HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos receive military honours during a welcoming ceremony at Narino Palace in Bogota yesterday. HH the Emir is in Colombia on a three-day official visit.

After the meeting, HH the Emir and the Colombian president witnessed the signing of a number of agreements and memorandums of understanding, including one on air services between the two governments and an MoU in the sports field between Qatar Olympic Committee and Colombian Olympic Committee.

In addition, an MoU was signed between Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Colombian Confederation of Chambers of Commerce, along with another two in the fields of mining and investment.

HH the Emir and President Santos held a meeting before the official talks attended by HE Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim and Colombian Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin.

HH the Emir was accorded an official reception ceremony.

The Emir, who is on a three-state Latin American tour, arrived in Colombia from Peru. After Colombia, he will visit Ecuador.

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