Qatar-Japan relations model of cooperation, friendship, common interests: Qatar’s envoy


Ambassador of Qatar to Japan HE Jaber bin Jarallah Al Marri has described the relations between Qatar and Japan as a model of cooperation, friendship and common interests, stressing that the leadership, government and people of Qatar attach special importance to the existing partnership with Japan.

Marri made the remarks during a reception held by the Japan-Qatar Friendship Association (JQFA) on the occasion of assuming his duties as ambassador of Qatar to Japan, and to welcome him as honorary chairman of the association.

The ambassador said that the agreement signed between the two countries last year to advance relations from the stage of cooperation to a comprehensive strategic partnership, establishes closer cooperation in all areas of economic, cultural, artistic, scientific, defence, security and academic exchange.

For her part, Deputy Director-General of the Middle Eastern and African Affairs Bureau at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan Misako Takahashi noted the long history of friendship extending for more than half a century between the two countries.

She expressed her country’s pride in its partnership with Qatar, which culminated in high-level dialogues and bilateral summit meetings which were held in July and December last year.

Takahashi also expressed her great appreciation for the proactive diplomatic efforts made by Qatar in the midst of the difficult situation in the region, noting that Japan will continue to work closely with Qatar in order to achieve stability in the region.

For his part, Chairman of the Japan-Qatar Friendship Association and Chairman of Chubu Electric Power Company Satoru Katsuno underlined the association’s role in promoting economic and cultural exchanges and enhancing mutual understanding between the two countries.

He thanked Qatar for the generous material and moral support it provided immediately after the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011, including the additional supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG) immediately and the donation of $100 million, which significantly contributed to the reconstruction of the affected areas.