Paris / Information Office / March 10
HE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani met today in Paris with HE Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of the French Republic Jean-Yves Le Drian .
During the meeting, they discussed ways to enhance and develop bilateral cooperation, coinciding with celebrating 50 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries. They also reviewed the latest regional and international developments, especially the developments in Ukraine and Libya, the nuclear agreement talks and the Chadian peace talks to be hosted by Doha, in addition to exchanging views on a number of issues of common interest.
During the meeting, His Excellency stressed that Qatar's hosting of the Chadian peace talks comes in line with the State of Qatar's firm position in support of resolving crises through diplomatic means and dialogue, stressing that the State of Qatar will spare no effort in playing its role with its partners to achieve what would guarantee international security and peace, and achieve stability in the region.
On the Ukrainian issue, His Excellency pointed out that the State of Qatar is monitoring with great concern the military escalation in Ukraine, and that it sees the necessity of adopting constructive dialogue and diplomatic methods at this critical stage to resolve the crisis, and also stresses respect for Ukraine's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders.
Regarding the nuclear agreement, His Excellency stated the position of the State of Qatar regarding the importance of reaching an agreement and calm in the region, and that the State of Qatar believes that diplomacy and the existence of relations based on good neighborliness and mutual respect is the best way to achieve stability in the region.
Regarding the Libyan issue, His Excellency indicated that the State of Qatar is closely following the Libyan developments, and sees the need to end division and reach political solutions that will achieve stability for the brotherly Libyan people.