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Why is Qatar’s emir visiting Malaysia?

Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, is in Malaysia for a two-day state visit, accompanied by a business commission and cupboard members.

The emir, who arrived on Sunday, designed to reason talks with Malaysian leaders to strengthen shared relations, quite in a fields of energy, a economy and investment.

Here is an overview of Qatari-Malaysian mercantile and domestic relations.

World Cup

  • In credentials for hosting a FIFA World Cup in 2022, Qatar is endeavour many construction projects, including a rail network, 8 stadiums and a new city of Lusail.

  • Qatar’s need for joist in a context of this construction boom has presented a vital event for timber-exporting Malaysia. Since a Saudi-led blockade was imposed on Qatar in June, Malaysia has transposed Saudi Arabia as a steel retailer to Qatar.

  • Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Hamidi, who visited Qatar in February, has voiced hopes that Malaysian companies would be means to attend in World Cup growth projects.

  • There are 15 Malaysian companies handling in Qatar in a contracting, infrastructure and liberality sectors.

Bilateral trade 

  • Qatar and Malaysia shaped a $2bn corner investment account in 2011.

  • In 2016, sum trade between a dual countries amounted to $566m, according to Malaysian internal media figures. Today, a trade volume amounts to scarcely $1.1bn, according to a Qatar News Agency.

  • Malaysian exports to Qatar embody machinery, joist products, electrical apparatus and steel products. Malaysia exports joist to 218 countries around a world, identifying a joist attention as pivotal to its 2020 growth plan.

  • Malaysian imports from Qatar especially embody petroleum, chemicals, aluminium products, light machine and equipment. 

Diplomatic relations

  • The emir’s revisit comes after Malaysia perceived Saudi Arabia’s King Salman during a finish of February. Malaysia has accessible family with both Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

  • Commenting on a tactful predicament between Qatar and 3 of a neighbours in a Gulf, a Malaysian primary apportion said: “We urge that with a beauty of Allah a Almighty, all differences among a Arab brothers will be staid amicably and that a togetherness and peace of a GCC countries can be restored.”
  • The dual countries determined tactful family in 1974 by a Qatari embassy in Indonesia. A Qatari embassy in Kuala Lumpur was determined in 2004.

  • Qatar’s former emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, visited Malaysia in 2009, while a Malaysian aristocrat visited Qatar in 2010.

Article source: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/10/qatar-emir-visiting-malaysia-171015095728884.html