Doha: Qatar yesterday signed the instrument of accession to the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) to become a member state after having the observer status.
It was signed by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs H E Ahmad bin Abdullah Al Mahmoud, who is heading Qatar’s delegation to the two-day conference, which began in Shanghai later yesterday.
After signing the instrument, Al Mahmoud expressed pleasure that Qatar had become a member of CICA. He told a press conference that he believed that the conference, during the presidency of China, would positively contribute to building confidence and enhancing cooperation among Asian countries.
He praised China’s role as a country and as a member of the UN Security Council in international peace and security. Al Mahmoud said Qatar and China enjoy a strategic relationship, and highlighted China’s role in bolstering cooperation.
Qatar is looking forward to further developing cooperation with China in the fields of energy, economy, politics and investment, he added.
Meanwhile, Chinese Ambassador Gao Youzhen congratulated Qatar on the membership. He said China and Qatar enjoy friendly and cooperative relations and China had supported Qatar in its bid to join CICA. Both will deepen cooperation in politics, economy, energy, investment, culture and other fields. He said Qatar is an Asian country with great vitality in development and growing influence on international and regional affairs. The CICA membership will enable it to further contribute to peace, stability and development in Asia.