The Republic of Moldova and the State of Qatar have signed two bilateral agreements on the abolition of short-stay visas for holders of ordinary passports and the agreement on economic and technical-scientific cooperation in the field of agriculture. The documents were signed at an official meeting between Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilița and her Qatari counterpart, Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al-Thani, held in the state of Qatar. The agreements will boost economic contacts between the two countries, it is mentioned in a Government press release, quoted by IPN.
The parties agreed on cooperation in the agri-food sector both through the exchange of experiences and through the promotion of private sector cooperation. The chief executive stressed that, despite the regional situation generated by the Russian-Ukrainian war, attracting foreign direct investment in the national economy remains a priority goal, the achievement of which will ensure stability and the resumption of development in all areas.
The meeting addressed a wide range of topics related to the cooperation of the Republic of Moldova with the state of Qatar, as well as investment opportunities in Moldova. The energy sector in the Republic of Moldova and how to cooperate to strengthen the country’s energy security were discussed, including by creating strategic reserves, investing in renewable energy and diversifying access to various long-term energy sources.
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The needs of Moldova in the fields of education and health, which could enjoy Qatari support and experience for both the citizens of the Republic of Moldova and for the integration of refugee children and families in Ukraine, were also listed.
The official visit of the Moldovan delegation comes in the context of celebrating 25 years of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Moldova and the state of Qatar, at the invitation of the Qatari Prime Minister.