Amir-Mahathir talks to take ties to new heights
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.