BAKU, Azerbaijan, March 3
By Tamilla Mammadova – Trend:
Qatar is interested in getting access to the Silk Road, a transport corridor to European countries, Qatar’s Minister of Transport and Communications Jassim Saif Ahmed Al Sulaiti said, Trend reports citing Georgian media.
He made the remark at a meeting with Georgian Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Natia Turnava, who is on an official visit to Qatar.
The Georgian minister put forward a number of specific proposals for Qatar’s joining the corridor.
Following the meeting, Turnava said that Qatar is interested in involvement in port infrastructure and corridors passing through Georgia.
“Currently, the corridor carries freight from Qatar, but we seek to make the transportation more systematic. Moreover, we are interested in Qatar’s involvement in infrastructure projects in Georgia,” she noted.
According to her, at the meeting, the parties also discussed the issue of intensification of the flights between the two countries, in particular, launching seasonal direct flights along the Doha-Batumi route.
“As you know, Qatar Airlines has quite a few flights to Georgia - 14 flights a week on the Doha-Tbilisi route. We proposed adding a new flight to Batumi, at least seasonally,” added the minister of economy of Georgia.
Georgia and Qatar established diplomatic relations in 1993. In November 2012, the embassy of Georgia opened in Qatar, and in August 2013, the Qatari diplomatic mission opened in Georgia.
Countries are actively cooperating in trade, economic, educational, cultural and tourism spheres.
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