Seoul, October 19 (QNA) – The first meeting of the Qatari-Korean Joint Higher Strategic Committee kicked off here on Friday with Chairman of Qatar’s Administrative Control and Transparency Authority (ACTA) HE Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah, leading the Qatari side , in the presence of HE Minister of Energy and Industry Dr. Mohamed Bin Saleh Al Sada .
While the S.Korean side to the first meeting was chaired by Minister of Strategy and Finance Bahk Jae-wan .
In his keynote speech delivered before the meeting, HE Al Attiyah said the convening of the said committee which was formed by an initiative of HH the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak , is a clearcut evidence that relations between the two countries are going on the right track thus heralding the outcomes would be encouraging and positive and further confirm that the two countries are duly keen to enhance and bolster bilateral relations in all spheres.
” We in the State of Qatar are keen to have friendly and warm relations based on right bases with the Republic of Korea in view of the joint characteristics and the similar aspirations and objectives in several aspects between Qatar and S.Korea”, said HE Al Attiyah noting meantime that the two countries while small in size but they are are bigger as regard to their joint determination and desire to play a more influential and effective role on the world scene.
HE Chairman of Qatar’s Administrative Control and Transparency Authority (ACTA) HE Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah who is also head of the Qatari side to the Qatari-Korean Joint Higher Strategic Committee , made clear that Qatar has been monitoring with due concern the success of the Korean development experiment according to which South Korean has managed to become one of the most advanced and developed countries as far as the industrial, economic , technological , electronical and medical aspects are concerned.
Elaborating HE Al Attiyah said South Korea has become a leading country of a global influential presence in all fields whether in culture, arts , sports and media , and becomes one of the most renowned countries in events’ industry worldwide.
HE Al Attiyah noted that Qatar’s interest in the Korean experience stems from the fact that Qatar shares the same aspirations with Korea, adding that studying the Korean experience would enrich the Qatari experience and enhance Qatari-Korean relations to becomes mutually complementary and serve the common interests and benefits between the two countries.
HE stressed that reaching that stage requires the two countries to gear their capabilities and potential through the establishment of exchange channels, building bridges of communication and opening areas of mutual cooperation in the different areas.
Al Attiyah added that the Qatari-Korean joint higher committee is a significant step in the path of bilateral relations, noting that Qatar aims to benefit from Korea’s organizational excellence as it hosts major global events such as the Climate Change Conference (COP18) in November, and the 2022 World Cup.
Concluding his speech , the Qatari official stressed the complementary relationship between Qatar and Korea, adding that it should not be monopolized in the fields of energy and oil, trade and investment exchanges, but must expand to capacitate new broader and more comprehensive horizons not only at official, governmental and commercial levels, but also at the grassroots , tourism, sports, artistic and youth levels.
The meeting’s agenda discusses several important issues, including trade and investment, the consolidation of joint cooperation in energy and oil, in addition to reviewing cooperation in other fields such as industry, economy, trade, technology, education, sports, tourism and health.
The meeting was attended by HE Qatar’s Ambassador to South Korea Ali bin Hamad Al Marri, and the delegation accompanying HE Al Attiyah.
During the activities of the first meeting of the Qatar-Korea Joint Higher Strategic Committee , the two sides signed a number of agreements.
First: An agreement to establish a joint higher committee between the governments of Qatar and S.Korea.
Second: An agreement on the exchange of information as regard to projects and economy development between the two sides.
Third: A cooperation agreement in investment field between Qatar Holding and the S.Korean ministry of land and Transport. (qna)