Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe emphasized that the security and stability of the Arab Gulf region is very important to Japan as it would affect oil supplies to the country. He also said at a news conference in Doha on Wednesday that Japan is looking at various projects with Qatar as they seek better relations with countries in the region.
He also commended the economic,investment and political cooperation between Japan and Qatar and is looking forward to boosting relations in the aspects of energy, education, health and cultural. Being Japan’s second largest LPG provider and third largest crude supplier, Abe said the two are already working on an investment agreement that would solidify their partnership. On Japan’s part, they are willing to have Doha learn from Tokyo’s experts on education, health and agriculture. Abe’s visit also yielded several Memorandum of Understandings in terms of infrastructure projects as part of the country’s Qatar National Vision 2030 and the 2022 FIFA World Cup preparations, including football stadiums, Doha Metro train projects and desalination and waste water treatment projects. A joint statement between the two countries said that they will also be expanding their partnership in the political and security aspects. They will be holding a security dialogue to discuss the key issues in both the regional and global landscape.
Abe expressed concern over the recent incident in Ghouta, Suburban Damascus, Syria where there have been reported use of chemical weapons that resulted in the deaths of hundreds of people. He emphasized that continued productive dialogue between the international community is currently the best way to address the violence that has plagued Syria the past months. There have been more than 100,000 killed and millions displaced due to the turmoil in the country.
[ via Emirates News Agency ]
Comments Off on JDP Startup Corner: Pros & Cons of Working with a Partner in Japan