Saudi-Qatari Joint Coordinating Council issues communiqué
February 23, 2010
The Saudi-Qatari Joint Coordinating Council concluded its second meeting in Doha today under the co-chairmanship of Second Deputy Prime Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz and Qatari Heir Apparent Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani.
The Council issued a communiqué reviewing regional and global developments and agreeing to intensify consultation and coordination between Saudi Arabia and Qatar, as a way of strengthening regional security and stability. The two sides agreed to study the establishment of a mutual investment fund and expressed satisfaction that bilateral trade between the two countries has grown from SR 2.02 billion [$538.08 million] in 2003 to SR 6.69 billion [$1.78 billion] in 2008.
At a joint press conference yesterday evening, Prince Nayef noted that Sheikh Tamim has accepted the invitation of Crown Prince Sultan, who is also a co-chairman of the Saudi-Qatari Coordinating Council, to hold the group’s next meeting in the Kingdom.
Prince Nayef was accompanied to the two-day meeting by Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal; Minister of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance Sheikh Saleh bin Abdulaziz Al-Asheikh; Minister of State and Cabinet member Dr. Mussaed Al-Aiban; Finance Minister Dr. Ibrahim Al-Assaf; Minister of Agriculture Dr. Fahd Balghunaim; Minister of Commerce and Industry Abdullah Zainal; Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Abdulaziz Khoja; Minister of Health Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah; Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr. Nizar Madni; and a number of other senior officials.
The Saudi delegation met with several senior Qatari officials during their visit, including Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani; Heir Apparent Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani; Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem bin Jabr Al-Thani; and Minister of State for Internal Affairs and Member of the Cabinet Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani.