Putin will discuss with the Emir of Qatar the situation in the middle East and bilateral relations

Putin will discuss with the Emir of Qatar the situation in the middle East and bilateral relations

MOSCOW, January 18. The President of Russia Vladimir Putin will hold on Monday in the Kremlin talks with Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani. According to the press service of the Kremlin.

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“It is envisaged a detailed exchange of views on topical issues of the international agenda, particularly the situation in the Middle East and North Africa”, – said the press service. In the Kremlin said that during the upcoming meeting, priority will be given also “building complex of Russian-Qatari cooperation in trade-economic, investment, energy and humanitarian spheres”.

Al Thani performs at the invitation of the Russian leader’s first official visit to Russia from 17 to 19 January.

Putin in recent months, holds regular meetings with the leadership of the countries of the Middle East and the Persian Gulf, to discuss primarily the situation in Syria and the fight against terrorism. Last week he had a telephone conversation with king of Jordan Abdullah II, who visited Russia and talked with Putin in November and in August of last year.

23 November 2015 on the sidelines of a gas summit in Tehran, Putin talked with the spiritual leader of Iran Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, and in the middle of the month on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Antalya he, among others, held a bilateral meeting with king of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdul Aziz al Saud.

Also in November of last year in Sochi, the Russian President discussed middle East issues and bilateral relations with Emir of Kuwait Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah.

October 20, Moscow on a brief visit for talks with the Russian leadership called for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

In addition, in October Putin has accepted in Sochi the successor to the crown Prince, Minister of defense of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman and the crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme commander of the armed forces of the UAE Mohammed al Nahyan (in August he also visited Moscow at the aerospace salon MAKS-2015). In the Kremlin the results of these meetings were evaluated positively.

In September, at the anniversary summit of the UN General Assembly in new York, Putin held a brief conversation with Prime Minister of Iraq. In August, Russia with official visit was visited by the President of Egypt Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Putin also communicates regularly by phone and in the mode of bilateral meetings with the leader of another middle Eastern country – the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu.