M. Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, went to Qatar on 9 and 10 December. He was received in an audience by His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, Emir of Qatar, and met his counterpart, Qatar’s Foreign Minister, Sheikh Mohammed al-Thani.
The visit allowed the Minister to thank the Qatari authorities for their support in the context of the health crisis, which, among other things, enabled French nationals stranded in Asia to return to France.
Against the background of the campaign of hatred and slander which has targeted France these past few weeks, the Minister continued the explanatory work he has begun in the region and underlined France’s determination to continue, with its partners, a battle which exclusively targets extremism and terrorism.
M. Le Drian discussed regional crises, in particular Libya. He recalled the need to end foreign interference in Libya and lend support to the implementation of the ceasefire and to the United Nations’ efforts to bring about a credible transition to a general election.
The Minister expressed France’s support for the efforts being made to achieve a lasting resolution to the crisis under way between Qatar and several Middle Eastern countries, which is essential for regional stability.
Finally, the Minister signalled his desire to step up bilateral coordination between France and Qatar in every field, particularly with a view to preparations and security for the 2022 football World Cup, organized by Qatar.