Putin hopes to discuss with Qatar's emir solutions to Middle East issues

It is his first official visit to Russia at the invitation of Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Qatar is an important component of the processes taking place in the Middle East and the Persian Gulf region, adding that he wants to discuss with Qatar's Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani solutions to the most complex problems of the region.

"Qatar is a very important component of the situation in the Middle East, in the Gulf. We are hoping to discuss this situation with you, exchange opinions, look for solutions to the most complex issues," he said during negotiations with Qatar's emir.

The date of the official visit by Qatar's emir to Russia is January 17-19, the Russian presidential press service has reported. It is his first official visit to Russia at the invitation of Vladimir Putin. The Kremlin press service earlier reported that the meeting envisages a detailed exchange of opinions on vital international issues, primarily the situation in the Middle East and North Africa.

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