ASEAN countries are keen to boost ties with Qatar, says Malaysian Ambassador

By QLNews

HH The Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani has been going around the world on a whirlwind tour to meet leaders, forge new ties and strengthen existing ones between them and Qatar.

After recently visiting USA, France and the United Kingdom, he is now all set to visit member countries of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) later this year.

His visit, which will also include the Philippines and Vietnam, is expected to further boost the development of Asean-Qatar relations, said the Chairman of the ASEAN Committee in Doha (ACD).

“The frequent high level visits between ASEAN and the GCC (especially Qatar) have demonstrated that distance is no obstacle to the development of warm political relations and economic co-operation,” Dato Ahmad Fadil bin Shamsuddin, who is also the Malaysian ambassador to Qatar, was quoted as saying by Gulf Times.

HH The Emir had visited Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore last year.

The Ambassador, speaking during the celebration of the 51st Anniversary of ASEAN, said the member nations were keen to develop business ties with Qatar in the coming days.

“The ASEAN Embassies accredited in Doha — namely Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam — look forward to increase bilateral investments of Southeast Asia and Qatar, he told The Peninsula.

“I believe that ASEAN and the GCC, Qatar in particular, stand to gain from each other’s prosperity. Both groupings should start a dialogue aiming to find an adequate balance between our interests,” he added.

ASEAN, which came into being on August 8, 1967, is currently placed as the seventh largest market in the world. It is projected to improve its position to fourth place by 2030.

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