Diplomatic Institute organizes seminar on promoting Qatar-Venezuela relations

October 08, 2013 - 1:24:46 pm

DOHA: The Diplomatic Institute at Qatar's Ministry of Foreign Affairs organized a seminar on promoting relations between the State of Qatar and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

Addressing the seminar, Adviser to the Venezuelan Foreign Minister Dr. Juan Miguel praised Venezuela's relations with the Arab world, and with the State of Qatar in particular.

He pointed to the presence of important Arab community in Latin America, which reach to nearly 17 million people.

The official highlighted some key political leaders of Arab origin in Latin America, such as: Carlos Menem (President of Argentina from 1989 to 1999), and Julio Cesar Turbay (President of Colombia from 1978 to 1982), and Elias Antonio Saca (President of El Salvador from 2004 to 2009), and Abdala Bucaram (head of Ecuador from 1996 to 1997), and others.

He also pointed to many important mosques and cultural centers which reflect the Arab and Islamic presence in Latin America and contribute to promote the relations with the Arab and Muslim worlds.

Adding that Venezuela under the leadership of the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez had always backed and continues to support Arab issues, particularly the Palestinian issue as a strategic option.

The official highlighted the strong relations between Qatar and Venezuela, and hailed the support provided by Qatar when it needed the most.

He stressed the importance to enhance cooperation between the two countries in all fields, mainly at the economic level.

Meanwhile, Director-General of the Office of Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs for Asia, Middle East and Oceania Dr. Orietta Caponi hailed the historic relations between Qatar and Venezuela dating back to 1973, which have developed steadily, especially after the arrival of Hugo Chavez to the presidency.

In the year 2000, Dr. Caponi said, the two countries signed a working and consultation agreement, followed by other agreements and meetings between Qatari and Venezuelan officials.

Since then, both countries were keen to maintain and activate those agreements and established a higher consultative committee to strengthen cooperation.

The Venezuelan official welcomed the Qatari investments in Venezuela in all sectors, such as food exports, tourism, health and sports. (QNA)