Singapore names orchid after Qatari Prime Minister, completes high-level talks

Singapore names orchid after Qatari Prime Minister, completes high-level talks

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By QLNews

Qatar’s Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs HE Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani received a rare honour on Friday when Singapore named an orchid after him.

Sheikh Mohammed is heading a delegation to the eighth meeting of the High-Level Joint Committee between Qatar and Singapore.

“The Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong gifted His Excellency the Singaporean flower, during the ceremony of naming the famous flower after His Excellency. The gift comes as an expression of the depth of cooperation between Qatar and Singapore,” stated the social media handle of Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Sheikh Mohammed is the latest leader to be honoured with an ‘orchid-naming ceremony,’ which is a gesture of Singapore’s friendship and promotion of goodwill between visiting heads of state and world leaders.

Sheikh Mohammed and Loong later opened the High-Level Joint Committee meeting at the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore.

The Singaporean prime minister welcomed Sheikh Mohammed and the accompanying delegation, noting the importance of the meetings in strengthening bilateral and strategic relations between the Qatari and Singaporean governments.

He said Singapore was keen to advance its cooperation with Qatar in various fields, including artificial intelligence and digital economy. He also praised the committee’s work over the past 17 years.

Sheikh Mohammed said the joint committee, ever since its establishment in 2006, had been a successful model of partnership. The leaders discussed bilateral relations and ways to develop them as well as issues of common interest.

The two prime ministers then listened to a presentation delivered by Investment Promotion Agency (IPA) CEO Sheikh Ali bin Alwaleed Al Thani on various investment opportunities in Qatar.

He highlighted Qatar’s plans to promote and establish infrastructure for open and free investment, and ways of joint investment with Singapore.

Sheikh Ali said IPA, since launching four years ago, had succeeded in creating a world-class business environment in Qatar, contributing to the country’s potential as an attractive destination for foreign investments.

He added that the agency was keen to benefit from the experiences of international investment promotion agencies and to follow modern and innovative methods in promoting and attracting foreign investments.

The Singaporean side spoke about the development of smart city infrastructure and artificial intelligence strategies, including the ethical and regulatory framework for governance.

Sheikh Mohammed also met with Singaporean President Halimah Yacob before the visit formally ended with a luncheon banquet hosted in the delegation’s honour.

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