Saudi-Qatari Coordination Council concludes meeting

March 3, 2011

The Saudi-Qatari Coordination Council (SQCC) concluded its third session in Riyadh on Tuesday under the co-chairmanship of Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz and Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, the Crown Prince of Qatar. The two countries signed four agreements and memoranda of understanding covering security cooperation, anti-drug efforts and meteorology.

Afterwards, the Council issued a joint statement commending Saudi-Qatari cooperation and stressing the importance of achieving unity between the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states. The two sides emphasized the importance of strengthening coordination between security departments in both countries to maintain stability in the region, particularly in the fight against terrorism. The Qatari side expressed its desire to open a communication channel between the commands of the border guards of the Qatari Armed Forces and the General Directorate of Border Guards of the Saudi Ministry of Interior.

Furthermore, both sides agreed on the importance of continuing direct coordination on economic, financial, tax and budgetary issues and expressed their satisfaction at the current level of bilateral trade. Extensive Saudi-Qatari cooperation in the field of culture and information was also lauded.

Finally, the Qatari side expressed its thanks to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz for his approval of scholarships for Qatari students at Saudi universities.

The SQCC session was attended on the Saudi side by Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal; Minister of State Musaed Al-Eiban; Finance Minister Dr. Ibrahim Al-Assaf; Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Abdulaziz Khoja; Minister of Commerce and Industry Abdullah bin Ahmed Zaynal Ali Reza; Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr. Nizar bin Obaid Madani; Saudi Ambassador to Qatar Ahmed Al-Qahtani; Legal Advisor to the Crown Prince Mohammed Al-Ameel; and Secretary Abdullah Al-Anzi.

The Qatari side included Minister of State for Internal Affairs Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani; Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Ahmed Al-Mahmoud; Minister of Economy and Finance Yousef Hussein Kamal; Minister of Business and Trade Sheikh Jassim bin Abdulaziz bin Jassim Al-Thani; and Qatari Ambassador to the Kingdom Ali Al-Mahmoud.