Phl, Qatar enhance bilateral relations

The Philippines and Qatar governments are looking at expanding their bilateral relations, including cooperation in the areas of culture, tourism, education, sports, trade, investment, and the economy.

In a statement released on Thursday, the Department of Foreign Affairs said that the two countries also discussed opportunities and ways to enhance and expand partnerships, as well as exchange views on climate change mitigation and regional and international issues.

It was discussed during the first Joint Consultation Meeting on Political Consultations on 23 August 2022 in Doha, Qatar, according to the DFA.

The Philippine delegation was headed by Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Bilateral Relations and ASEAN Affairs Ma. Theresa P. Lazaro, while the Qatari delegation was headed by the Secretary-General of the Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Dr. Ahmed Hassen Al Hammadi.

“The JCM serves as the primary dialogue mechanism with Qatar at the Vice-Ministerial level, where both sides are given the opportunity to discuss issues of common interest,” the DFA said.

“It was formalized through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for the Establishment of Political Consultations on Issues of Common Interest in December 2019,” it added.

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