Amir-Ma­hathir talks to take ties to new heights

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Be­gin­ning a work­ing visit that is set to take Qatar-Malaysia ties to new heights, His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Ha­mad alThani ar­rived in Kuala Lumpur yes­ter­day evening.

The Amir was wel­comed upon ar­rival at the Kuala Lumpur In­ter­na­tional Air­port by Malaysia’s Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs Sai­fud­din Ab­dul­lah, Qatar’s am­bas­sador to Malaysia Fa­had Mo­hamed Kafood and mem­bers of the Qatari em­bassy.

In a state­ment yes­ter­day, the Malaysian For­eign Min­istry de­scribed the Amir’s visit and the talks sched­uled to­day with Prime Min­is­ter Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamed as an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity for both lead­ers to dis­cuss bi­lat­eral mat­ters, as well as ex­change views on a range of in­ter­na­tional is­sues of com­mon con­cern and mu­tual in­ter­ests.

This visit will mark the first of­fi­cial meet­ing be­tween the Amir and the Malaysian prime min­is­ter since the lat­ter took of­fice in May this year.

The Amir will hon­our the win­ners of Sheikh Tamim An­tiCor­rup­tion In­ter­na­tional Ex­cel­lence Award dur­ing a cer­e­mony to­mor­row in the Malaysian city of Pu­tra­jaya in co-op­er­a­tion with the United Na­tions, the state­ment added.

Mean­while, Malaysian am­bas­sador to Qatar Ah­mad Fadil Sham­sud­din told Gulf Times in a state­ment yes­ter­day that Qatar and Malaysia are set to es­tab­lish a Joint High-Level Com­mit­tee and re­ac­ti­vate the Joint Tech­ni­cal Com­mit­tee, which will serve as a plat­form to mon­i­tor progress in en­hanc­ing bi­lat­eral and eco­nomic ties.

The two com­mit­tees are ex­pected to es­tab­lish their meet­ings in the first quar­ter of 2019, he ex­plained.

Ac­cord­ing to the am­bas­sador, the to­tal trade be­tween Malaysia and Qatar “has in­creased twofold in 10 years,” from $320mn in 2007 to $670mn in 2017.

“I am proud to say that the cur­rent state of bi­lat­eral re­la­tions be­tween Malaysia and Qatar is at its high­est level as man­i­fested by the ex­change of high level vis­its. It is en­vis­aged that these vis­its will en­hance Malaysia-Qatar re­la­tions es­pe­cially in trade and in­vest­ment, ed­u­ca­tion, women and com­mu­nity devel­op­ment, anti-cor­rup­tion, and also to forge closer per­sonal re­la­tions with Qatari lead­ers.

“I am of the view that His High­ness’s sec­ond visit to Malaysia will en­hance the op­por­tu­nity to dis­cuss ways and means and to fur­ther strengthen bi­lat­eral co-op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries.” The Cab­i­net’s reg­u­lar meet­ing, chaired yes­ter­day by HE the Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Ab­dul­lah bin Nasser bin Khal­ifa al-Thani at the Amiri Di­wan, ap­proved a draft de­ci­sion to form a com­mit­tee to reg­u­late non-Qatari own­er­ship and use of real es­tate and de­ter­mine its work sys­tem and re­mu­ner­a­tion. The de­ci­sions of the meet­ing were an­nounced by HE the Min­is­ter of Jus­tice and Act­ing Min­is­ter of State for Cab­i­net Af­fairs Dr Issa bin Saad al-Jafali al-Nuaimi. The Min­istry of Jus­tice pre­pared the draft de­ci­sion as part of com­plet­ing the nec­es­sary de­ci­sions to ac­ti­vate the pro­vi­sions of Law 16 of 2018 reg­u­lat­ing non-Qatari own­er­ship and use of real es­tate. The draft in­cluded the for­ma­tion of the com­mit­tee headed by a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Min­istry of Jus­tice with the mem­ber­ship of rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the au­thor­i­ties con­cerned. In ac­cor­dance with the pro­vi­sions of the said law, the com­mit­tee shall pro­pose ar­eas where non-Qataris are al­lowed to own and use real es­tate, the terms and con­di­tions of non-Qatari own­er­ship and use of real es­tate, the ben­e­fits, in­cen­tives and fa­cil­i­ties granted to prop­erty own­ers and non-Qatari users.

His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Ha­mad al-Thani be­ing re­ceived at Kuala Lumpur air­port yes­ter­day evening by Malaysian Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs Sai­fud­din Ab­dul­lah.

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