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Qatar: Foreign Relations

Volume 503: debated on Wednesday 6 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what aims and objectives he has set for UK foreign policy in respect of Qatar. (309150)

The UK continues to look for opportunities to further build our relationship with the State of Qatar to the benefit of both countries.

We work closely with the State of Qatar on political matters, including the Qatari led mediation on Sudan/Darfur, and to promote and enhance regional security. Qatar is a leading partner for the UK’s energy requirements and we share an excellent relationship in this field based on mutual co-operation, highlighted in May 2009 with the opening of the South Hook liquid natural gas terminal by Her Majesty the Queen and His Highness The Emir of Qatar.

More widely, our work with the State of Qatar includes the promotion and enhancement of the excellent trade and economic links between our countries; the enhancement educational, cultural and sporting co-operation and to support the growing number of British citizens living in Qatar.