Vice Chancellor of Germany and Minister of Economic Affairs and Energy Sigmar Gabriel on Tuesday praised the steps taken by the Qatari government to improve the labour conditions in the country.
Speaking at the Small and Medium Enterprises Conference, Gabriel said he had to be fair and recognise the Qatari government’s efforts in improving the work and living conditions of workers. The world’s attention is focused on Qatar as they prepare to host the 2022 football World Cup, he added.
Gabriel expressed his happiness over Qatar’s support to the international coalition in the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq. He said Qatar has always been quick to condemn terrorism.
Gabriel also highlighted the strong cooperation between Germany and Qatar in facing the challenges in the region. He added that the visit of the Emir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani last September opened up more scope for bilateral cooperation.
The German minister said the increase in trade volume by 67 percent to reach 2.1 billion euro is a reflection of the strong cooperation between the two countries.
He said Qatar was looking to enhance its position as the biggest exporter of LNG in the world. Germany is looking to help Qatar in some of its projects related to the 2022 World Cup, he added