Doha, – HE Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Qatar Abdullah bun Abdulaziz Al Aifan expressed optimism for the success of the visit of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia to the State of Qatar.

The visit realizes the hopes and aspirations of the two brotherly peoples and strengthens the bonds of cooperation between the two countries, especially as it comes at a crucial stage during which the region is facing several challenges, he stressed.

Al Aifan said that the close ties between the two brotherly countries, and the wisdom of both Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdul Aziz and his brother, HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani are the best guarantee for this success.

Speaking to QNA, Ambassador Al Aifan said “I am confident that the talks which will be held, will also provide an important springboard to support the relentless effort to establish a stronger joint action, within the framework of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, to tackle the challenges facing the region.” He stressed the depth of the two countries relations. These relations are old and well-established relations, built on strong pillars, he said adding that the Saudi-Qatari relations go beyond the common interests and bonds of neighborly relations to be described as a common destiny relationship.

He explained that the two countries’ relations have always enjoyed the attention of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. These relations have witnessed a strong boost through his visit (while he was Crown Prince) to the State of Qatar heading the Saudi delegation to the meetings of the Saudi-Qatar Coordination Council, in which a number of issues and topics were discussed and a number of agreements were signed, he added.

Ambassador Al Aifan noted that, during the past few years, high-level visits were exchanged between the two countries to promote bilateral relations and coordinate positions on regional and international efforts pointing to the prominence of the several visits of HH the Emir to Saudi Arabia starting with His Highness’s first trip after assuming reins of power to Saudi Arabia, in emphasis on the importance of the two countries’ relations.

In addition to that, and in the context of promoting cooperation and coordination in all fields several visit to Qatar were conducted by HRH the Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz and HRH Deputy Crown Prince, Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz.

HE the Saudi Ambassador to the State of Qatar pointed out that the relations between Saudi Arabia and Qatar has reached a distinct stage in all areas and at all levels.

Economic relations enjoy great support on both government and private sectors, where work is continuing, through the meetings of the Saudi-Qatari Business Council, for further cooperation between businessmen in the two countries and to overcome any obstacles they may encounter.

He pointed that the Qatari-Saudi trading volume reached about SAR 7 billion in 2015, adding that 315 companies -fully owned by Saudis- and 303 joint companies are working in Qatar with a total capital of SAR 1.252 billion.

At the level of cooperation, close coordination and common positions of the two countries at the political level, Ambassador Al Aifan pointed to the joint action in the Saudi-led Coalition for Supporting Legitimacy in Yemen, coordination of positions on the Syrian issue and the efforts to achieve stability in oil markets.

Ambassador Al Aifan expressed optimism about the future of the Saudi-Qatari relations, stressing that these distinguished relations are growing in all areas, in light of the great attention of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and his brother, HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, who have been working on developing these relations in various stages even before assuming the reins of power in the two countries.

Source: Qatar News Agency