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Qatari-Bulgarian relations based on mutual respect and co-operation

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The relations between Qatar and Bulgaria have witnessed close co-operation since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Doha and Sofia on 16 October 1990.
In the context of these growing relations, Bulgaria opened its embassy in Doha in 2009, and after three years, in 2012 Qatar opened its embassy in the Bulgarian capital Sofia, and since then the relations between the two countries have developed and became stronger.

In 2009, the first official visit of His Highness the Father Amir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani to Bulgaria was to promote bilateral relations. The last visit was made last year by His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and witnessed the signing of a number of co-operation agreements and memorandums of understanding between the two countries in various fields.

In an official visit to the country, President of Bulgaria Rumen Radev arrived in Doha yesterday. His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and the Bulgarian president will hold talks at the Amiri Diwan today, and they will discuss the friendly relations between the two countries, ways of developing them and a number of regional and international issues of common interest. Over the past few years, both countries have made efforts to lay the foundations of a modern rule of law aimed at intensive co-operation.

Relations between the two countries have been strengthened through mutual visits and active co-operation in various fields, both bilateral and multilateral.
More than 30 agreements and strategic arrangements have been signed between the governments of the two countries.
In those years, there have been many great efforts with strong co-operation between Qatar and Bulgaria.

In this context, ambassador of Qatar to Bulgaria Rashid bin Ali al-Khater said that Qatari-Bulgarian relations have been remarkable, and have witnessed overall development in recent years, pointing out the keenness of Qatar to strengthen them at all levels and in all fields to serve the interests of the Qatari and Bulgarian peoples.
He pointed out that the joint committee for economic co-operation between the governments of Qatar and Bulgaria has been established since 2009. The two countries have been able to strengthen their economic and trade relations, which is reflected in the continuous increase in the terms of trade between the two countries in recent years.

Ambassador al-Khater said that the two countries governments have been able to push forward bilateral co-operation in the economy through many bilateral agreements, stressing that Qatars foreign policy is based on peace, security, stability, co-operation and friendship between countries and peoples of the world.
The relationship between Qatar and Bulgaria has been strong for more than 27 years. The two countries have strong ties of mutual respect and trust.
Bulgaria offers the best expertise to companies operating in Qatar and elsewhere in many areas, and 500 Bulgarians are living in Qatar and working in different companies and institutions.

Last year, during the visit of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani to Bulgaria, a number of agreements and memorandums of understanding were signed in the fields of energy, sports and an agreement between Qatar University, Sofia University and another between Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Bulgaria Chamber of Commerce.
A forum was organised for Qatari businessmen and their Bulgarian counterparts to discuss ways to enhance trade co-operation and discuss investment opportunities in both countries.

In 2012, the minister of state for foreign affairs visited Bulgaria accompanied by representatives of several Qatari government companies such as Qatari Diar, Qatar Investment Authority, Qatar Mining, Qatar Rail and Qatar National Hotels Company. On the Bulgarian side, the minister of economy and energy, the deputy minister of tourism and other officials participated to discuss investment opportunities in the field of infrastructure, mines, real estate and tourism.

The Qatari delegation also met with the executives of the Industrial Zones Corporation and the Bulgarian Energy Holding Company, where the Qatari side was briefed on the investment opportunities in the energy sector and the industrial zones.
Qatari investments are very important to Bulgarias economy in different sectors such as agriculture.

There are also Qatari companies operating in Bulgaria, producing and exporting poultry meat to Doha, and there are advanced contacts to discuss ways to enhance the work between Bulgarian and Qatari companies to invest in Qatar.
And this is an important step to strengthen relations between the two countries, especially with the presence of many Bulgarian companies operating in the field of infrastructure in Qatar.

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Vodafone makes 5G available in homes in Qatar

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Vodafone Qatar continues its leadership in driving digital innovation with news that it is making 5G technology commercially available with the launch of its latest innovation- Vodafone GigaHome- the new home internet solution.

Vodafone GigaHome covers every size house with guaranteed Wi-Fi in every roomusing a state of the art Giga- Wi-Fi Hubpowered by Vodafones GigaNet networkincluding Fibre and 5G.Alongside this, customers can enjoy free lifestyle offers including Entertainer and WAVO by OSN whichprovides live channels from across the globe, TV shows and on-demand movies.

With Vodafone GigaHome there are no installation fees, no charges for moving to a new house and seamlessinstallation. This latest offering follows Vodafones announcement last month that it doubled the speed of all its existing customers home fibre internet for free.

Commenting on their latest launch, Vodafone Qatars Chief Operating Officer, Diego Camberos, said: “Were delighted to make 5G available in homes of Qatar to meet our customersneeds and lifestyle requirements. GigaHome Wi-Fisolves the fact that manyfamilies are experiencinginconsistent internetdue to poor Wi-Fi coverage in their homes.”

“The launch of Vodafone GigaHome isanother important milestone in our clear strategy to lead digital innovation in Qatar. Far more than mobile, we have been rolling out a full spectrum of digital solutions for personal and business use; all supported by our world-class network– GigaNet,” added Camberos.

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Kushner: Mideast plan to come after Ramadan, seek Palestinian investment

US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner said Tuesday he would present his long-awaited ..

US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner said Tuesday he would present his long-awaited Middle East peace proposal around June and that it would include a “robust business plan” for the Palestinians.[contfnewc]
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Kushner, speaking at a forum of Time magazine, said he had hoped to offer the proposal late last year but that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had called elections and still needs time to form a coalition.[contfnewc]
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“Once that’s done we’ll probably be in the middle of Ramadan, so we’ll wait until after Ramadan and then we’ll put our plan out,” said Kushner, a senior advisor to Trump, referring to the Muslim fasting month which ends in early June.
Kushner’s plan has already been met with deep skepticism from the Palestinians, who say Trump cannot be an honest broker after he took the landmark step of recognizing bitterly disputed Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.[contfnewc]
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But Kushner, whose own role has been questioned due to his longstanding family ties with Netanyahu, said he remained hopeful that his “unconventional approach” would bear fruit.
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He declined to answer if the plan would include longstanding US support for a Palestinian state, after hints by the administration that it would not, but said it would include investment to boost the Palestinian economy.
“Our focus is really on the bottom up, which is how do you make the lives of the Palestinian people better, what can you resolve to allow these areas to become more investable?” he said.[contfnewc]
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“We deal with all the core status issues because you have to do it, but we’ve also built a robust business plan for the whole region,” he added.
Kushner also said the plan would address Israel’s concerns over security.
“I think that what we do is something that allows for Israel to maintain security, but there will be tough compromises for both,” he said.
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The Israeli leader said Tuesday he plans to name a new settlement in the occupied Golan Heights after Trump in appreciation of his recognition of Israel’s claim of sovereignty there.
Trump broke with longstanding international consensus last month when he recognized Israel’s claim of sovereignty over the part of the strategic plateau it seized from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War.[contfnewc]
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The decision came only two weeks ahead of the tightly contested Israeli election, which saw Netanyahu win a record fifth term in office.
The Trump administration has also cut funding that the United States had supplied to a UN agency helping Palestinian refugees and their descendants.
Last year, it slashed funding to the agency by $300 million and said it would not repeat the $60 million that it did provide.[contfnewc]
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Kushner has also cultivated close personal ties with Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman as part of his efforts to forge regional backing for his plan.
The heir to the Saudi throne has however been the focus of widespread criticism over the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in its Istanbul consulate.
Kushner sidestepped a question Tuesday about reports that the US intelligence services had concluded that the prince had ordered the journalist’s murder.
“I’m not going to dispute American intelligence services’ recommendations. I’m also not going to talk about anything intelligence related,” Kushner said.[contfnewc]
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Qatari Emir in Rwanda for three-day state visit

The Emir of Qatar, His Highness Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, arrived in Rwanda on Sunday, leading a hig..

The Emir of Qatar, His Highness Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, arrived in Rwanda on Sunday, leading a high-powered delegation of senior government officials and business executives from the Gulf state.

He is in the country for a three-day state visit.

Upon his arrival yesterday, the Emir, together with his host, President Paul Kagame witnessed the signing of four bilateral agreements between the two countries

The signing, which was preceded by a tete-a-tete between the two leaders, took place at Village Urugwiro in Kacyiru.

The agreements were signed in the areas of culture, sports, cooperation in the field of tourism and business events.

The two countries also signed agreements between Aviation Travel and Logistics (ATL) and Qatar Airways.

ATL is the parent company of the national carrier, RwandAir.

The visit by the Emir of Qatar follows one by the countrys Deputy Prime Minister, Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, last month.

Prior to this, President Kagame had visited the country last year.

The two nations have been working to increase cooperation in various aspects including diplomatic cooperation, political dialogue as well as different potential investments in Agriculture, technology, mining, transport, tourism.

In February this year, Members of Parliament approved a bilateral investment treaty between Rwanda and Qatar that was signed last year.

During the approval, parliament was informed that Rwanda is already in talks with potential investors from Qatar who have expressed keen interest in investing in coffee, education and agriculture among other areas.

The two nations also have pacts that cover air services business, reciprocal promotion and protection of investments and a memorandum of understanding on economic, commercial as well as technical cooperation.

Qatar and Rwanda also share ties through agreements in civil aviation, with Qatar Airways, the Gulf States flag carrier, operating direct flights to Rwanda since 2012.

Following the signing of the agreements, President Kagame hosted a dinner in honour of his guest and his delegation.

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