Qatar emir visits Singapore, signs agreements on investment

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reutors-Qatar emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani arrived on Tuesday, (October 17) for a state visit to Singapore, where he was welcomed by President Halimah Yacob.

The head of states were received by a guard of honour, before Sheikh Tamim met with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

A number of Memoranda of Understanding were signed in the presence of Sheikh Tamim and Lee, including agreements to cooperate on investments, education and the legal sector. An investment treaty was signed with the aim of bolstering trade and providing more opportunities for businesses in both countries.

The agreements came as the two nations also sought to strengthen relations with the establishment of a Singapore Business Council in Doha.

Qatar has been on a diplomacy push with key allies in Southeast Asia. Sheikh Tamim spent two days in Malaysia from Sunday (October 15), and his tour will bring him to Indonesia on Wednesday (October 18).

Qatar is facing a diplomatic crisis, after neighbouring gulf nations — Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt — abruptly cut ties with the country earlier in June, accusing the world’s biggest exporter of liquefied natural gas of financing terrorism and cozying up to their arch-rival Iran. Doha denies the charges.

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