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Arsen Avakov has met with Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa Al Thanі

16th March 2021, 16:56

Today, March 16, at the invitation of the Head of the government of Qatar, within the framework of participation in the International Exhibition of Homeland Security and Police Equipment "Milipol Qatar 2021", the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Arsen Avakov held a bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister, Minister of Internal Affairs Qatar Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa Al Thani.

The parties discussed cooperation in the police, economic and military spheres in preparation for the signing of bilateral agreements during the upcoming state visit of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy to Qatar in April.

"Our bilateral relations with Qatar have great potential. We are close to signing a number of intergovernmental agreements, which we expect to be ratified in the nearest future. We have good cooperation on military-technical supplies. Recently the Qatari side has bought Ukrainian missiles. I hope this is not the last mutually beneficial cooperation, because Ukraine is one of the world leaders in rocketry, "stated the Minister of Internal Affairs.

He noted the importance of holding this year's exhibition, which was organized in difficult conditions due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"Despite the fact that we are at the exhibition in Qatar for the second time, we always find something new. After all, world trends in the development of security systems are presented here, - said Arsen Avakov during a visit to the International Exhibition "Milipol Qatar 2021". - Our delegation includes officers of the National Police. We're interested in the internal computer analysis systems that we've seen here".

The Minister of Internal Affairs also stressed that such exhibitions are important because they "are a place for communication between specialists, ministers and people involved in state security and can exchange views and discuss security concepts".

It is worth recalling that Qatar has become the first country in the Middle East for Ukraine to transition to a visa-free regime and strengthen its law enforcement cooperation.

Earlier, Ukraine and Qatar signed a declaration on police cooperation.