New Envoy Boosts Qatar-Australia Ties
“My focus over the next few years is on growing the already strong economic relationship between our two countries,” said Ambassador Jonathan Muir, who has just recently taken up this prestigious post as he presented his credentials to His Highness the Deputy Amir Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad al-Thani according to the Australian embassy.
Having previously served overseas at the Australian embassy in Jakarta, Ambassador Muir is a career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He was most recently Director for the People Smuggling and Human Trafficking Taskforce.
“Our two-way trade was around QR4.5bn in 2018 and the Qatar Investment Authority is a valued source of foreign direct investment in Australia – but there is plenty of room for growth,” he continued. “Qatar Airways now operates daily flights to five Australian cities, providing excellent opportunities to develop deeper trade, investment, and people-to-people links.”
The envoy also mentioned that he takes great pride in the reputation that Australia enjoys in Qatar. As a supplier of meat and livestock of the highest quality in Qatar, Australia continuously finds lucrative opportunities to further enhance the agricultural trade in the country.
“Several thousand Australians live in Qatar – working in diverse fields such as health, education, construction and oil and gas – contributing to Qatar’s dynamic economy,” Muir—who is enjoying the warm welcome in the country for him and his family of three kids—went on. “I am excited to arrive as Qatar gets ready for the FIFA World Cup, when it will welcome the world – including many Australians. I wish Qatar well in its preparations, which are already well advanced.”
Furthermore, Qatar’s agricultural sector and food security can greatly benefit from Australian expertise in dryland farming. There is certainly plenty of room for collaboration between the two nations, particularly in science and technology research as well.
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