By Isabel Ovalle
DOHA: In the spring of Polish-Qatari relations, with the upcoming inauguration of the direct flight from Doha to Warsaw and the import of Qatari gas from 2014, the president of Poland, Bronisław Komorowski (pictured), will visit Qatar in the first quarter of 2013 to explore new areas of cooperation between the two countries.
The Ambassador of Poland to Qatar, Robert Rostek, told The Peninsula that the energy agreement signed last year, as well as the Qatari investments in real estate and the stock exchange, are only the beginning of the relations, while the visit will be the perfect chance to cement other ties between the two countries.
Poland signed an agreement in 2009 with Qatar to receive one million tonnes of LNG annually from 2014. In this context, Rostek said that even though “trade is the most important area, there are many possibilities in the future; there’s still a lot to do. We are on the right direction,” he stated.
The Ambassador added that the import of Qatari gas will put an end to Poland’s dependency on Russia. “That’s something we really appreciate; it’s a big achievement,” he said.
Six years into his posting in Doha, which marked the opening of the Polish Embassy in Qatar, Rostek said that, given the numerous visits of Polish officials to Qatar, and vice versa, “it’s clear there is willingness to achieve commitments in other sectors.” From this point of view, he referred to cooperation between the two countries in fields like culture, sports and tourism.
“The new flight from Doha to Warsaw that will start on December 5 will be an excellent opportunity for Qataris to travel to Europe and for Polish and other Europeans to visit Qatar, or other Asian countries via Doha,” the Ambassador said.
Coincidently, Qatar Airways customers contacting the airline in key European markets will benefit from a multi-lingual Customer Contact Centre based in the Polish city of Wrocław from early next year.
Among other activities, to celebrate the inauguration of the flight, the chef of Grand Hyatt hotel in Warsaw will travel to Doha to introduce Polish cuisine.