President Cyril Ramaphosa Embarks on State Visit to Qatar to Strengthen Bilateral Relations
President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to embark on a significant State Visit to Qatar on Wednesday, 15 November, following an invitation by His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Amir of the State of Qatar.
The visit is part of a two-day engagement between South Africa and Qatar, aimed at bolstering diplomatic and economic ties between the two nations.
According to a statement released by the Presidency, President Ramaphosa’s itinerary for the State Visit includes meetings with His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and high-level business engagements. The visit holds particular significance as it marks President Ramaphosa’s first visit to Qatar as Head of State.
The State Visit takes place against the backdrop of a three-decade-long diplomatic relationship between South Africa and Qatar. The two countries are set to celebrate the 30th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations on 11 May 2024.
The discussions during the visit will focus on strengthening economic relations, including trade, investment, and tourism.
President Ramaphosa and Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani are expected to deliberate on various geopolitical issues currently impacting the world. Both leaders are committed to addressing the conflict in Palestine and upholding international human rights and humanitarian laws.
They will also explore ways to prevent the escalation of the conflict to other parts of the region and work towards a peaceful resolution. South Africa commends Qatar’s mediation efforts in this regard.
Accompanying President Ramaphosa on the State Visit will be several ministers, including those from International Relations and Cooperation, Trade, Industry and Competition, Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Mineral Resources and Energy, Defence, Basic Education, and the Minister in the Presidency.
The State Visit to Qatar underscores the importance of fostering strong bilateral relations and collaboration between South Africa and Qatar. The discussions and engagements during the visit are poised to deepen economic cooperation and contribute to regional stability.