Germany aims to reduce its dependence on energy imports from Russia and liquefied natural gas from Qatar will help achieve this goal. This was announced by Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz following his talks with the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.
The Qatari head of state announced that Qatar would rapidly expand its production of liquefied natural gas in order to satisfy the demand that has recently arisen in Germany and Europe, adding that, “Qatari gas can play a major role in Germany’s energy transformation.” On the fringes of the meeting the two parties signed a bilateral energy partnership.
The Federal Chancellor stressed that Qatar possessed enormous potential for renewable energy and hydrogen production, which would play a key role in the decarbonisation of the German economy. He also drew attention to Qatar’s importance as a high-tech trade and investment partner. “We intend to deepen our relationship in this regard, too,” said Scholz.
Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani also discussed Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine and reviewed the situation in Afghanistan, the Middle East peace process and nuclear talks with Iran.
“We agreed that there can be no infringement of the Charter of the United Nations, sovereignty and international borders,” the Federal Chancellor said. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani added that Qatar hoped there would soon be a peaceful solution to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. As in all crises and conflicts, he said, Qatar put its trust in dialogue. He expressed his pride in being able to support the airlift operation last year to evacuate foreigners from Afghanistan, including around 1,000 Germans.
The Qatari leader said Qatar was greatly looking forward to hosting the football World Cup in November this year, stressing his view that Qatar is an open-minded country with a love of sport. In response to a question he reaffirmed that all football fans would be welcome in Doha. Qatar had its own cultural identity, he said, but no one would be prevented from coming.