Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar, His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, is on an official visit to Singapore from 27 to 28 August 2019, at the invitation of Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan.
Earlier today, Sheikh Mohammed met Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Heng Swee Keat, and they discussed ways to deepen relations across various areas, including financial cooperation and trade linkages.
Sheikh Mohammed co-chaired the Second Implementation Monitoring Mechanism (IMM) meeting with Minister Balakrishnan. At the meeting, Sheikh Mohammed and Minister Balakrishnan welcomed the good progress made since the inaugural IMM meeting in April 2018, and reaffirmed the importance of the IMM meeting as a platform to facilitate mutually beneficial bilateral partnerships. They reviewed the outcome of the discussions held between representatives of both countries from six working-level Technical Working Committees. These covered the areas of Information and Communications Technology, Security, Business, Legal, Sustainability, and Social Development. At the close of the meeting, the co-chairs endorsed an IMM Joint Statement which reflected the tangible outcomes of the respective inter-agency discussions. The full Joint Statement of the Second IMM meeting is at ANNEX.
Sheikh Mohammed and Minister Balakrishnan witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Qatar Free Zones Authority and the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore, as well as an agreement between Megawatts Engineering Services Private Limited and DServ to establish a limited liability company. Minister Balakrishnan hosted lunch for Sheikh Mohammed, during which the two leaders discussed developments in Asia and the Middle East, and explored how both sides could pursue closer cooperation in various sectors.
Sheikh Mohammed called on Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean in the afternoon. Sheikh Mohammed and Senior Minister Teo had a wide-ranging discussion on regional and international developments, and affirmed their continued support for the IMM platform, which had resulted in substantive bilateral projects and cooperation between Singapore and Qatar.
Sheikh Mohammed also called on President Halimah Yacob. Sheikh Mohammed and President Halimah reaffirmed the warm and friendly relations between Singapore and Qatar.
During his visit, Sheikh Mohammed, who is concurrently the Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Qatar Investment Authority, visited Temasek Holdings.
Sheikh Mohammed departs Singapore tonight.
Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Singapore