Saudi Arabia, Qatar to boost bilateral cooperation

July 6, 2008

Saudi Arabia and Qatar have reached an agreement to demarcate their border and set up a joint council to develop bilateral relations.

Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz discussed expanding Saudi-Qatari cooperation during a visit to Qatar in March of this year. He held a follow-up meeting with Qatari Premier and Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem Al-Thani in Jeddah on July 1.

The agreements were finalized in a meeting between Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz and Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad in Jeddah yesterday.

The Saudi-Qatari Joint Coordination Council would be established to formulate policy for cooperation and coordination between the two countries on all levels.

Crown Prince Sultan and Qatari Crown Prince Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani will serve as the Council’s as co-chairs. Prince Nayef will serve as co-vice president, along with Qatari Premier Sheikh Hamad. Saudi members on the Council include Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud Al-Faisal, Minister of State and Cabinet Member Dr. Musaed bin Muhammad Al-Eiban, Minister of Finance Ibrahim Al-Assaf, Minister of Culture and Information Iyad Madani, and the Minister of Commerce and Industry Abdullah Zainal Alireza.