Tomorrow starts the 2018 visit to Qatar, organized by the EU-Qatar Parliamentary Friendship Group at the invitation of Qatar’s Embassy in Brussels.
The delegation, chaired by Mrs. Ramona Manescu, EPP MEP, will have a very rich agenda in all three days visit. The meetings will focus on political, cultural and economic relations between EU and Qatar, the regional situation, human rights and the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The nine MEPs, covering all the major political groups, will have meetings at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Energy and Industry, the Advisory Council (Majilis AL-Shura – the legislative body of the Monarchy of Qatar, with 45 members), the National Human Rights Committee, Qatar Airways and the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (Organizing Committee for 2022 FIFA World Cup).
The State of Qatar is well known for its diplomatic engagement and successful good offices services of conflict mediation in many parts of the extended MENA region and sub-Saharan Africa. Furthermore, Qatar pursues a policy of active cultural diplomacy. All of these, together with Qatar’s desire for a closer relationship with the EU and its positive attitude towards opening an EU Delegation in Doha encourages EU’s policies in the region. This led to the recent signing of the Cooperation Arrangement between EU and Qatar by Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission and His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar. Likewise, EU values its relationship with the GCC. This is why the EU supports the negotiation process mediated by Kuwait, and assists in the implementation of a plan for a swift resolution of the GCC crisis, in particular in the area of counter-terrorism.