For his part, UK Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade Liam Fox said that UK and Qatar can cooperate to face challenges of the this century, stressing the importance of supporting bilateral relations to upgrade the current partnership to the level of friendship.

In a speech during the opening of Qatar-UK Business and Investment Forum, Secretary Fox said that this is the best time to invest in Britain, especially as it prepares to exit the European Union and seeks to strengthen its old partnerships and build new ones.

He underlined the need to recognize the transformative role played by the State of Qatar in the renaissance witnessed by the British capital in various fields and sectors.

Speaking about this role, Liam Fox said that Qatar has diversified investments in London, where The Shard tower stands as a witness to the level of investment between the two countries. He pointed out that the relations between Qatar and the UK deserve to be described as strong, especially with the long record of successes in the level of joint cooperation between the two countries.

He also pointed out that the volume of Qatari investments in the UK, estimated at GBP 35 billion, reflects this record of bilateral relations. He also pointed to the role of British companies in supporting the Qatari economy and the important role they plays in the construction of the facilities for the World Cup, Qatar 2022.

Secretary Fox said that his country and Qatar have the necessary skills to help each other, pointing out that they stand facing a future of opportunities, which can be fully utilized to achieve a better tomorrow for both countries.

He also stressed that this forum represents a new chapter in relations between the two countries, expressing his country’s welcoming to Qatari investors at this time when Britain seeks to strengthen relations with its partners and build a strong economy capable of facing challenges. (QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency