This meeting is the culmination of an invitation by Qatar to Vanuatu’s Minister for Foreign Affairs to Qatar for bilateral discussions. This state visit to Qatar is the first made by any Vanuatu Minister and the bilateral meeting therefore makes the occasion highly significant in the Vanuatu/Qatar relations.
The purpose of the meeting was to advance further Vanuatu/Qatar bilateral relations and to strengthen economic cooperation between themselves.
At their meeting Minister Kilman reaffirmed Vanuatu’s commitment to its relations with Qatar and highlighted Vanuatu’s collaborative efforts with Qatar on certain international issues which were in themselves demonstrating Vanuatu’s commitments to make the bilateral relations more practical and meaningful. Minister Kilman acknowledged the remarkable progress of development in Qatar.
Although Vanuatu and Qatar established diplomatic relations since 2002, bilateral trade and economic interactions have been limited. In that respect Minister expressed a desire for a stronger presence of Qatar in the Pacific and especially in Vanuatu.
During the bilateral discussions, both Ministers agreed that the visit to Qatar by Minister Kilman had been a very successful one. The essence of the success of this inaugural state visit by the Vanuatu Minister included the commitment by Qatar to send a mission to Vanuatu in 2015 to assess what level and type of economic needs that Qatar could provide to Vanuatu in future.
As well as this, and as mutually agreed, the Qatar Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr Khalid Bin Mohammed AlAttiyah, confirmed his commitment to visit Vanuatu on a date to be decided.
The Hon Sato Kilman said “the fact that the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar has stated strongly his commitment to visit Vanuatu and agreed to send an advance team to scope areas of possible economic cooperation is in my view, an indication of the success of my mission here in Qatar. Vanuatu looks forward to many successful outcomes from this initiative.”
The Hon Minister Kilman is accompanied by the Director General for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and External Trade Mr. Johnny Koanapo, Director for External Trade Mr. Sumbue Antas, High Commissioner of Vanuatu to Australia, H.E Mr. Kalfau Kaloris and Director General for Ministry of Infrastructure and Public Utilities Mr. Johnson Binaru Iauma.