Russian foreign minister arrived in Qatar’s capital Doha to hold the talks aimed at boosting trade and investment ties between Moscow and Gulf countries, Al Jazeera reported on Monday.
Sergei Lavrov’s tour schedule across the Gulf countries is very tight, the Russian foreign minister will hold the negotiations aimed at discussing bilateral trade, energy, investment and regional issues including Syria, Yemen, Libya and Palestine.
On Monday, Mr Lavrov arrived Qatari capital Doha, later he is scheduled to travel to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported on Sunday. In his recent interview, Sergei Lavrov noted the situation in Syria had visibly stabilised after operations by Syrian government forces with the support of the Russian armed forces.
The Qatari officials will discuss with the top Russian diplomate the implementation of the top-level agreements, among them are projects in the energy sector, industry, agriculture and the peaceful use of outer space. Over the years, Qatar has invested billions of dollars into the Russian economy and recently finalised an $11.5bn deal to acquire nearly 20 percent of Russia’s state oil company Rosneft.
The Qatari-Russian ties are strengthening
Kremlin is trying to establish this constitutional committee in order to deal with the situation in Syria, which is part of the reconstruction process in the country, so, visit of Mr Lavrov is a good sign for the boosting the economic ties between two states.
In 2017, the ties between Moscow and Doha have stepped up since Qatar’s blockade by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain. Russia has consistently called for an end to the crisis through negotiations. Today, Lavrov is hoping to gather support to deal with the situation in Syria and to find an opportunity for Moscow where it can play a role in the politics of the Middle East.
Even though the experts believe that Kremlin was too early to declare the “terrorist threat” in Syria eliminated.