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Minister Arancha González Laya visits Qatar on 9 and 10 February
10/02/2021
The Minister for Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation travelled on 9 and 10 February to Qatar, where she was given an audience by the Amir of the State of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

Arancha González Laya also held a political dialogue meeting with her counterpart, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, at which they reviewed the state of bilateral cooperation at a political and economic level in other areas such as the preparation for the 2022 Football World Cup in Qatar. They also addressed issues on the regional agenda, such as the elections in Palestine and the situation in Gaza, the outlook following the reconciliation between the members of the Gulf Cooperation Council, relations with Iran, and the ongoing negotiations on Afghanistan taking place in Qatar.

At an economic and investment level, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Spain met with the CEO of the Qatar Investment Authority sovereign fund, Mansoor Bin Ebrahim Al Mahmoud, which holds significant holdings in certain Spanish companies, and with the Co-President of the recently incorporated Qatar-Spain Business Committee, Sheikh Faisán Bin Qassim Al-Thani. She also met with representatives of Spanish companies and visited one of the three football stadiums designed by Spanish architects for the 2022 Football World Cup in Qatar.

At an educational and cultural level, the minister was received by Sheikha Mozah, Chairperson of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, with whom she addressed cooperation on R&D and education policies. To further boost cultural and educational cooperation, she signed a Cultural Cooperation Agreement and a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation on Youth and Sport with the Minister for Culture and Sport, Salah bin Ghanem Al Ali. She also visited the SEK International School, the first Spanish school in the country. Lastly, the minister held a meeting with Qatari women in different professional fields.


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