ArmInfo. We are opening a new page in the Armenia-Qatar relations, which has the support of the Qatari leadership. This, summing up the visit to Qatar, the Armenian President Armen Sarkissian said in an interview with the Armenian media.
Recalling that, following the visit, an agreement was signed on establishing a visa-free regime with Qatar, the President expressed confidence that tourism between Armenia and Qatar would develop intensively and create new business opportunities and conditions for both Armenian and Qatari entrepreneurs.
Touching upon a meeting with Sheikha Moza, Bint Nasser al-Misned, who is the head of the Qatar Foundation and has played a significant role in a number of national and international projects, Sarkissian noted that the results of her work are admirable, since Sheikha Moza created the Qatar Foundation, which has become a huge international educational platform. <According to the results of our meetings, new doors opened for Armenia. I hope that our statesmen, educational and research institutions, as well as individuals who have a desire to get an education here, can come to Qatar, get a good education here, then return to their homeland>, Sarkissian said. Touching upon the prospects of business cooperation, the President named several areas, in particular, noting that in Qatar, they are primarily interested in modern technologies. "Everyone here realizes that without artificial intelligence tomorrow it will be impossible to use spacecraft, control the most modern technologies, to the extent that without artificial intelligence the development of education and research will also be unthinkable," he said. Sarkissian also said that he invited the head of Qatar to pay an official visit to Armenia, in particular Qatari colleagues and Sheikha Moza to take part in several international conferences to be held in Armenia, including the "Armenian Summit of Minds" and the International Festival of Science and Art STARMUS.
<They are interested in a visit, as they attach great importance to new technologies. The leadership of Qatar provides huge sums for the development of this sector. We do not have this industry yet, but there are talented programmers who can become the basis of this industry. However, we have to work hard in order to support this area, since any area needs support in order to rise to the world level>, the President said.
To provide better ideas and a source of funding, Sarkissian called the creation of the necessary conditions for this, in particular talented people, good universities, a good educational system, possibly financial, tax support. <Another interesting topic is food safety, which is important for Qatar, the Persian Gulf countries, and Armenia. Food safety is not the safety of its quality, but uniform distribution, continuous, stable production and import. In the case of Armenia, it is also correct that it becomes the third market, supplying not only its own goods, but also products of foreign origin.
And thirdly, Qatar, being one of the richest countries in the world, has various mechanisms and funds that invest in different countries and various spheres, from mining metallurgy, mining and ending with agriculture. Armenia can attract financial investments", he concluded.