Qatari politics is characterized by regional and international wisdom and objectivity

His Excellency Rashad Ismayilov, Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the country, stated that Qatar-Azerbaijan diplomatic relations have increased significantly since their establishment, as the two countries enjoy effective cooperation and mutual support within regional and international organizations. In an interview with Al-Sharq, His Excellency said: “We in Azerbaijan are proud of our relations with the brother state of Qatar, which stood by us and supported the territorial integrity of our country,” emphasizing the common interest in the development of bilateral relations. The Ambassador of Azerbaijan announced that in the coming months of 2022 a series of high-level reciprocal visits will take place, in addition to events and economic forums, in addition to holding the third round of political consultations between the two countries, explaining that there are many perspectives and areas for the development of relations in the future as the embassy seeks to activate relations between the parties.Official and business departments in both countries and the organization of mutual visits, making full use of existing capacities, as it is a serious job. being done to create and update direct communication channels between businessmen in both countries, as well as to address logistical issues.

What are the most important activities and high-level meetings between the two countries?
First of all, I express my warmest congratulations and blessings to His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and the government and people of Qatar on the occasion of this holy month and every year and all is well.
Despite the consequences of the Corona pandemic and the fact that it posed an obstacle to international relations, 2021 was a fruitful year in terms of bilateral relations. The joint government of the Republic of Azerbaijan and that of the State of Qatar on October 18, 2021, where the delegation of the State of Qatar was headed by SH.T. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani and was received by President Ilham Aliyev and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan. focused on bilateral cooperation and expansion of trade and investment In addition to regional issues, the foreign ministers of the two countries signed an “Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Government of the State of Qatar on the exemption of visas for passport holders”. .
The Azerbaijani side was also represented by high-level official delegations at international events and conferences organized in Doha, for example, the Sixth Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum, the Travel and Tourism Exhibition “Travel to Qatar March 2021 “and the Seventh International Maritime Defense Conference DIMDEX 2022, as well as the 20th Doha Forum, where SH.T. Deputy Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan Feriz Rzayev gave a speech in which he explained the results of the 44-day liberation war between the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Republic of Armenia.

What about future visits and meetings?
Azerbaijan-Qatar diplomatic relations have witnessed a significant development since their establishment, as the two countries enjoy effective cooperation and mutual support within regional and international organizations. We in Azerbaijan value our relations with the brother state of Qatar, which stood by us and supported the territorial integrity of our country and our sovereign causes within the framework of international organizations. Over the past two years, bilateral visits have been postponed due to the Corona pandemic, but now, thanks to the efforts of the leaderships of Azerbaijan and Qatar, which have made great strides in fighting the pandemic, which has given impetus to the revival of mutual visits. . There is great interest from both parties for the development of bilateral relations, as in the coming months of 2022 will take place a series of high-level reciprocal visits, in addition to events and economic forums, and we plan to hold the third round. politics. consultations between the two countries.

How do you see the role of Qatari diplomacy in ending conflicts in the region?
Qatari politics is characterized by wisdom, objectivity and balance at the regional and international level. It is also characterized by its support for regional and international efforts and initiatives, the promotion of dialogue between civilizations and the promotion of coexistence between different religions and cultures. It also plays an important role in providing humanitarian and development assistance to affected and vulnerable countries in the world and to children deprived of education.

What is the volume of trade exchanges between the two countries and in which sectors?
Despite the increase in the volume of trade exchanges in recent years, the situation caused by the pandemic has greatly affected the level of trade exchanges.
A number of serious steps have been taken to increase economic cooperation and trade volume. In 2017, 2019 and 2021, meetings of the Joint Economic, Trade and Technical Committee were held, where a series of government agreements were signed, which entered into force. But the volume of exchange relations did not rise to the level of development in our two countries and of course there are still many prospects and areas for the development of relations in the future, as the embassy seeks to activate relations between official authorities and business districts in both countries and organize mutual visits and thus make full use of existing capacities, as serious work is being done to create and update paths for direct contacts between businessmen in both countries as well as to address logistical issues. And the continuation of the issue of attracting investment from Qatar to Azerbaijan in various fields, as we see the interest of Qatari businessmen in energy, agriculture and tourism in Azerbaijan.

What is the volume of Qatar investments in Azerbaijan and what are the promising sectors?
Both parties are interested in investment development, as the agreements signed in the economic field will contribute to the promotion of investments, such as the agreement on the abolition of double taxation, the promotion of investments and their mutual protection. In this regard, I would like to emphasize that under the directives of His Excellency President Ilham Aliyev, very important projects have been implemented to ensure the development of the non-oil sector, diversification of the economy, attracting foreign investment and continuing to improve the business climate and of investment. The operations continued successfully, for example, the creation of a free economic zone in the Alat region of Azerbaijan, which will contribute to increasing government revenues and attracting new investment. Azerbaijan ranks 28th out of 190 countries in the Doing Business report published by the World Bank, which shows that Azerbaijan enjoys a good investment climate.
There are many attractive opportunities for bilateral investments such as agriculture, tourism, transport, renewable energy sources, information and communication technology, as well as mutual investment opportunities in construction and construction. Therefore, we hope that the activities of the investment working group established between the two countries will be effective and will contribute to attracting mutual investment.

Is there cooperation in the field of sports and culture between the two countries?
Bilateral cultural relations are certainly evident. In September 2021, a memorandum of understanding was signed between the historic municipality of Azerbaijan Icheri Chahar and the Katara Cultural Foundation.
On December 5, 2021, in Katara was held the opening ceremony of the memorial “Brotherhood” for the sculptor Novruz Musaev, who embodies the friendly relations between the two countries. In December 2021, the National Library of Qatar, in cooperation with the embassy, ​​celebrated the 880th anniversary of the birth of the great Azerbaijani poet and thinker Nizami Kanjavi. On February 16, 2022, the Azerbaijan Corner opened at the Sheikh Faisal Museum and we are planning to hold the Days of Azerbaijani Culture in Qatar this year. I would like to emphasize that President Ilham Aliyev has declared 2022 as the “Year of Shusha” on the 270th anniversary of the founding of the city, which is one of the symbols of the history and culture of Azerbaijan.
In terms of sports, relations between the two countries are developing well, as well as participation in international tournaments and competitions organized in both countries. I take this opportunity to express our absolute confidence in the ability of the sister country of Qatar to host the FIFA World Cup with high margin and unparalleled success.

What are the aspects of cooperation in the tourism sector?
The tourism sector in recent years has witnessed the completion of many projects related to the development of tourism infrastructure, so the tourist from Qatar can visit Azerbaijan at any time of the year, especially as Qatar Airways operates 14 direct weekly flights between Doha and Baku. I would like to emphasize that the “Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Government of the State of Qatar on the exemption of visas for passport holders” signed on October 18, 2021 in Baku and entered into force on March 27. , 2022. According to the agreement, citizens of both parties who have ordinary passports can enter the territory of the other party without a visa and stay there for a period of 30 days. This applies to tourist trips. for educational purposes or for a business visit, requires obtaining a visa in advance according to the national legislation of each country. Therefore, I can say that investments in the tourism sector are large and we are currently looking to work to maintain a joint tourism forum between the two countries and we hope that this event will make an important contribution to the development of joint cooperation in the field. of tourism.

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