31 October -1 November 2022, Doha, State of Qatar: Vice President of the European Eva Kaili and her accompanying delegation, including the EU Head of Delegation to Qatar, Ambassador Christian Tudor, were received at the Amiri Diwan by His Highness The State of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, for an introductory bilateral meeting concentrating on subjects of topicality such as the energy exchanges between Qatar and the European Union, the upcoming World Cup to be hosted in Qatar, democratisation, the latest parliamentary elections held in Qatar, human rights, amongst other issues.
The visit follows the recent opening of a resident EU Delegation in Qatar headed since 13 September 2022 by Ambassador Christian Tudor, himself a Qatar connoisseur, having had served in the capacity as Romanian top envoy in the Gulf emirate from 2015 through 2019.
Deputy Premier and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani, was also on the agenda for the first day of MEP Kaili’s official visit to Qatar with an emphasis on foreign policy, and multilateralism.
During her visit to Qatar, VP Kaili enhanced parliamentary diplomacy by meeting with the Speaker of the Consultative Assembly (مجلس الشورى القطري), Hassan bin Abdullah Al-Ghanim as well as the Deputy Speaker, Dr Hamda bint Hassan Al Sulaiti. A general election was held in Qatar for the very first time on 2 October 2021.
The vice presidential visit included likewise a call on the Qatari Prime Minister, Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani, and subsequently on the Minister of State for Energy Affairs, Saad Sherida Al Kaabi, CEO of QatarEnergy.
Vice President Kaili serves in the capacity as substitute member of the Delegation for relations with the Arab Peninsula.
For further information
Vice President Eva Kaili: https://www.europarl.europa.eu/meps/en/125109/EVA_KAILI/home
Amiri Diwan: https://diwan.gov.qa/briefing-room/news/receiving-guests/2022/october/31/hh-the-amir-receives-european-parliament-vice-president?sc_lang=en