MINSK, 16 January (BelTA) – Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko sent greetings to Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of the State of Qatar, as the countries celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian leader.
"During this time, Belarus and Qatar have been rapidly developing the relations based on the principles of friendship and trust. The countries have exchanged visits at the highest level, opened embassies in Minsk and Doha, set up an intergovernmental commission and established constructive cooperation in trade, investment, education and sport," the message of greetings reads.
Aleksandr Lukashenko noted that the Marriott Hotel built by Qatar has become one of the architectural gems of the Belarusian capital. Belarus is ready to support new projects with the participation of Qatari investors.
“I fondly recall my visits to Doha, meetings with you and your father, His Majesty Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and the hospitality of the people of Qatar. I have seen that the country has been developing dynamically. Despite the impact of external factors, the country maintains continued economic progress, its authority in the world keeps growing,” the president noted.
The head of state expressed his hope that the Emir of Qatar will have an opportunity to visit Belarus and to meet with him to discuss the current and promising areas of bilateral cooperation. Aleksandr Lukashenko believes that the two countries will soon successfully overcome the present-day challenges and continue to cooperate fruitfully for the benefit of their peoples.
For his part, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani hailed the progress in the development of bilateral relations in his congratulatory message to the Belarusian head of state. "We reaffirm our commitment to maintaining and strengthening our relations in all areas for the benefit of our peoples," he said.