DOHA: Qatar’s diplomatic relations have achieved many important successes that reiterate the prestigious status of its wise policies.
HH the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani has been keen to enhance fraternal relations and co-operation with global leaders.
In August 2013, HH the Emir paid an official visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and met with the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Talks during the meeting covered ways of promoting bilateral relations in all domains, in addition to several regional and international developments.
HH the Emir's participation in the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly in September had a great echo at regional and international levels.
The speech of HH the Emir outlined the priorities of the Qatar’s foreign policy based on justice, protecting human rights and upholding international legitimacy.
On the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session, HH the Emir met with several leaders to further strengthen cooperation.
HH also met with influential international figures including the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime Yury Fedotov, founder of Microsoft Bill Gates, President of the UN General Assembly previous session Vuk Jeremic, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, and the UN Special Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi.
HH the Emir also paid official visits to Turkey and France, where he met with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and French President Francois Hollande.
Aiming further promotion of the GCC co-operation, HH the Emir visited Kuwait, the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Sultanate of Oman and the United Arab Emirates in October.
HH the Emir also took part in the third Arab-Africa Summit in Kuwait in November.
Held under the theme ‘Action Partnership in Development and Investment’, the summit discussed latest developments in the region, and ways of activating the Arab-African joint action in the face of current challenges.
In November, HH the Emir held a trilateral summit with the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz and the Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad AlJaber Al Sabah to discuss ways of enhancing the GCC joint action, in addition to several regional and international issues of common interest.
The State of Qatar received several heads of states and governments, and senior officials from all over the world.
Since August 2013, Presidents of Palestine and Congo, an African Union delegation, as well as senior officials from Lebanon, Portugal, Iran, Korea and Japan paid official visits to Doha.
HH the Father Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani has laid the foundation for Qatar's foreign policy at all levels.
HH the Father Emir visited Ethiopia in April 2013 and signed several agreements.
Several African leaders visited Qatar in 2013 including the President of the Cote d’Ivoire Alassane Ouattara, the President of Eritrea Isaias Afwerki, and the Foreign Ministers of Mali and Senegal.
In the course of Qatar's support for African issues, former President of Mali and former Chairperson of the African Union Commission Alpha Oumar Konare visited Qatar in May.
Asian countries also hold strategic importance to the State of Qatar.
HH the Father Emir visited India and the Philippines in April.
Senior Qatari officials also visited Asian countries in order to promote the Qatari-Asian relations in all fields.
Doha was also a centre of attraction to many Asian leaders, represented by official visits paid by the President of the Maldives in March, the President of Afghanistan in April, the President of Pakistan in November and the Prime Minister of Turkey in April.
Several high-ranking Asian officials also visited Qatar to strengthen co-operation in all fields.
The State of Qatar was also keen to bolster its relations and partnerships with the European Union countries.
Last year witnessed several mutual visits at all levels, including the visit paid by HH the Father Emir to France and the visit of HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser to Italy.
The success of Qatar's foreign policy resulted in signing several agreements in the field of education, science, diplomacy, investment, trade and industry.
Qatar's diplomatic initiatives succeeded in gaining visa exemption for Qataris from 17 countries this year Argentina, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Germany, Italy, Albania, Thailand, Kyrgyzstan, China, Azerbaijan, Eritrea, Lebanon, Egypt, Switzerland, Indonesia, Burundi and Poland.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs organized many important events, including the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) XIII, the Climate Change Conference, Qatar Law Forum, Enriching the Middle East's Economic Future Conference, the US-Islamic World Forum and the Arab League Summit.
The Diplomatic Institute of the Ministry organized nine seminars in 2012-2013 on Qatar's foreign relations with the United States, Brazil, Tunisia, Iran and Korea, a seminar of the technological development in Japan, a seminar on the latest developments in the region, a seminar on the Israeli violations in Jerusalem, and a seminar on the situation in Libya.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also seeks to accomplish several construction projects for the Qatari missions around the world.
Including buildings for the Qatar’s embassies in Brussels, Beirut, Bahrain, Paris and Abu Dhabi.
The Ministry completed the second phase of the ISO Certification for the Information Security project that specifies a management system intending to bring information security under explicit management control.
The Ministry also completed the first phase of a project on the development of administrative and financial affairs through the financial system, and a special programme to evaluate job interviews, and the application of the health insurance system for diplomatic personnel at home and abroad.
As part of activating the work of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to achieve the goals of the State's policy, the Ministry introduced three new positions namely: the Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Assistant Minister for International Co-operation Affairs and the Assistant Minister for Services Affairs.
The Ministry also established a diplomatic institute for the rehabilitation and training of diplomats. (QNA)