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Ambassador Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Saud Al Thani and Minister Lucia Puttrich – Picture by MOFA Qatar, Embassy of Qatar in Germany.

Friday, 21 May 2021, Wiesbaden, Hesse, Germany: Representing the Premier of Hesse, Volker Bouffier, Minister of State Lucia PuttrichMinister for Federal and European Affairs, received the Ambassador of the State of Qatar in Germany and the Czech Republic, Sheikh Abdulla bin Mohammed bin Saud Al Thani at the Hessian State Chancellery in Wiesbaden. It was the first official visit by Ambassador Al Thani to Hesse to review bilateral relations. 

Trade relations between Hesse and Qatar Economic relations between the countries were subject of the talks: “Germany and Qatar maintain distinct trade relations. German exports to Qatar amounted to around EUR 1.5 billion in 2019. Motor vehicles, aircraft, plant and machinery top the list of German exports. German companies in Qatar are primarily active in plant construction, energy generation and construction, the service sector and transport infrastructure. 

Qatar is also one of the largest foreign investors in Germany and has substantial stakes in VolkswagenDeutsche BankSiemens and Hapag-Lloyd, amongst others. 
Qatar is about the size of Hesse and has about 2.6 million inhabitants. Only a small proportion of them are Qataris. The country attracts a large number of guest workers, especially from Southeast Asia. 

Qatar has recently introduced minimum wages for guest workers, and improved their legal standing and rights vis-à-vis employers. 

For further information  

Qatar’s Foreign Ministry: 

https://www.mofa.gov.qa/جميع-أخبار-الوزارة/التفاصيل/1442/10/11/وزيرة-الدولة-لشؤون-الاتحاد-الألماني-والأوروبي-تجتمع-مع-سفير-قطر 

Government of Hesse: 

https://staatskanzlei.hessen.de/presse/pressemitteilung/europaministerin-trifft-botschafter-des-staates-katar 

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