BE­FRIEND­ING THE BEAR

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Ac­cord­ing to Qatar News Agency, the two sides ex­pressed their de­sire to deepen and di­ver­sify their eco­nomic re­la­tions, es­pe­cially in the field of en­ergy and in­vest­ment, and to raise the level of re­la­tions to that of strate­gic part­ner­ship. Qatar and Rus­sia are mem­bers of the Gas Ex­port­ing Coun­tries Fo­rum and fur­ther pos­i­tive ties can be ex­pected in the in­vest­ment field be­tween Qatar In­vest­ment Au­thor­ity and the Rus­sian Di­rect In­vest­ment Fund. The two lead­ers stressed re­nun­ci­a­tion of ter­ror­ism in all its forms and agreed to do more to fight vi­o­lence and ex­trem­ism what­ever their ori­gins were. They also re­viewed the sit­u­a­tion in Syria, Pales­tine, Ye­men, and Libya and agreed to reach set­tle­ments that serve the sta­bil­ity and se­cu­rity of the re­gion and the safety of its peo­ples. AFP quoted HH the Emir as say­ing, “Rus­sia plays a main role when it comes to sta­bil­ity in the world. We very much want to de­velop re­la­tions with Rus­sia and find a so­lu­tion to a num­ber of prob­lems re­lated to sta­bil­ity in some coun­tries of our re­gion.”

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