French National Day marks 50 years of bilateral relations

Minister of Social Development and Family HE Mariam bint Ali bin Nasser Al Misnad and French Ambassador to Qatar HE Jean-Baptiste Faivre cut the ceremonial cake, under the gaze of the Director of Protocol at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs HE l Ambassador Ibrahim Yousif Fakhroo.

The French Embassy in Doha marked its national day, highlighting the various developments in bilateral France-Qatar relations over the past 50 years.

The French community in Qatar, Qatari dignitaries and members of the diplomatic corps were present during the celebration at the Ritz-Carlton Doha on Thursday.

Minister of Social Development and Family HE Mariam bint Ali bin Nasser Al Misnad and Director of Protocol at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs HE Ambassador Ibrahim Yousif Fakhroo were among the special guests. The French Ambassador to Qatar, HE Jean-Baptiste Faivre, highlighted the close ties between Qatar and France in areas such as politics, trade, investment, defence, security, education and several others.

Commemorating the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between France and Qatar, he said: “The relationship between France and Qatar is old and good.”

Mr. Faivre highlighted recent achievements and developments in bilateral relations between Qatar and France and said that several meetings had taken place between heads of state, ministers and other Qatari officials and French.

“A dynamic recovery has been initiated at the highest level,” he said.

He also appreciated the support he has received since his arrival as Ambassador to Qatar and said: “I came to Qatar with a clear mandate from the President of the Republic to bring our relations to the highest possible level. For the past year, I have had the pleasure of working with the entire French team based in Qatar as well as with our Qatari partners to foster this relationship. I am really convinced that we can achieve great projects together in the future.

“I sincerely appreciate the support I have witnessed since my arrival and I am really confident that we can achieve great projects together in the future…I believe that a great job has been done this year to strengthen the relationship , which is again excellent,” he said.

Faivre pointed to the European Commission’s proposal in April to lift visa requirements for Qatari nationals.

“I am happy that the French presidency of the European Union has made it possible to move forward towards a visa-free future for citizens of Qatar,” he said.

“These developments reflect the renewed vitality of our partnership,” he added.