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Germany in Talks with Qatar on Long-term Gas Supplies

Germany in Talks with Qatar on Long-term Gas Supplies

Monday, 21 March, 2022 - 09:00
20 March 2022, Qatar, Doha: German Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection Robert Habeck speaks to journalists between his talks with Qatari government officials. Photo: Bernd von Jutrczenka/dpa

Germany said Sunday that a partnership had been clinched with Qatar as Europe's biggest economy seeks to become less dependent on Russian energy sources.

Russia is the largest supplier of gas to Germany, and German Economy Minister Robert Habeck has launched several initiatives to lessen his country's energy dependence on Russia since it invaded its neighbor Ukraine.

Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani received Habeck on Sunday and the two discussed ways to enhance bilateral relations, particularly in the energy sector, the Emiri court said in a statement.

Qatar said companies from both countries "would re-engage and progress discussions on long term LNG supplies," according to a statement by QatarEnergy, the state-owned oil and gas firm.

A spokesperson for the German economics ministry in Berlin said however that a deal had been finalized.

"The companies that have come to Qatar with (Habeck) will now enter into contract negotiations with the Qatari side," the spokesperson said.

Habeck also met Qatari Minister of State for Energy Affairs Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi in Doha, where they discussed energy relations and cooperation between Qatar and Germany and ways to enhance them, according to a statement from Al-Kaabi.

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