President for intensification of Polish-Qatari cooperation
Qatar is the biggest supplier of gas to Poland's Baltic coast gas terminal in Swinoujscie, President Andrzej Duda said noting further intensification of cooperation in this sector.
President Duda made the statement following Warsaw talks with the Emir of the State of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani on an official visit to Poland on Friday.
Speaking after plenary talks, President Duda referring to Qatar's gas deliveries stressed that under this year's agreement they will be enlarged two-fold against levels agreed on in a 2009 gas delivery contract.
The Polish president hoped the visit by the Emir of Qatar would translate into broader Polish-Qatari relations, both in economic and cultural dimension "as well as cooperation in health protection".
Referring to the Friday Polish-Qatari economic forum, the president noted that its participants discussed various forms of economic cooperation. "Underway are talks on cooperation in the food processing and the pharmaceutical branches".
The president noted that sides signed four inter-governmental agreements covering economic cooperation. He added Poland counts on domestic companies, especially from the construction branch, "to take part in the investment high time now taking place in Qatar".
President Duda added that his talks with the Emir of Qatar also concerned the peace process in the Middle-East as well as military cooperation. "I hope that Qatar will be interested in Polish arms industry's offer".
Later on that day, President Duda addressing a gala luncheon at the Royal Lazienki Park Old Orangery expressed the conviction that the very well developing bilateral relations, including diplomatic contacts, would gain new dynamics thanks to the Emir of Qatar's engagement.
The president expressed hope that thanks to the visit, the economic forum, concluded agreements and possibilities of economic cooperation in Qatar also Polish entrepreneurs will manage enter the Qatari market, "that we will be able to continue to develop these bilateral relations while Poland will not only buy gas from Qatar but that both sides will invest in each others countries.
The Emir of the State of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani expressed hope that Polish-Qatari relations will continue to develop in the future bringing further agreements. He added that Polish companies were invited to take part in projects linked with the staging of the 2022 World Soccer Cup tournament in Qatar. (PAP)