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State of Qatar

Brazil and Qatar established diplomatic relations in 1974. After twenty years of merely formal contacts, punctuated by private visits of high authorities, Qatar started to show a growing interest in deepening its relations with Brazil.

During an official visit to Qatar, on February 2005, Foreign Minister Celso Amorim informed the Emir at the time, Hamad al Thani, of the decision to open an Embassy in Doha, which took place in April of the same year. The Qatari resident Embassy in Brazil was reopened in June 2007. President Dilma Rousseff congratulated Sheik Tamim bin Hamad al Thani, in an official message, for his ascension to the throne of the State of Qatar, in June 2013.

Qatar was the 43rd main Brazilian trade partner in 2012. From 2007 to 2012, the bilateral commercial interchange grew around 435% – going from US$ 199 million to more than US$ 1 billion.

Chronology of Bilateral Relations

1974 – Brazil and Qatar established diplomatic relations, with non-resident embassies. Brazil was represented in Qatar by the Embassy of Brazil in Abu Dhabi and Qatar was represented in Brazil by its Mission to the United Nations in New York (November)

1988 – Braspetro participates in auction in Qatar to build gas exploration platform in North Field, phase I

1994 – Visit to Brazil of the Foreign Minister of Qatar at the time, Sheik Hamad Jassen Bin Jaber al Thani. In this occasion, the opening of the resident Embassies in Doha and Brasília is agreed (January)

2001 – Visit to Brasília of Ambassador of Qatar in Washington, Bader Omar Al-Kobaisi, to carry out conversations about the territorial dispute between Qatar and Bahrain, submitted to the International Court of Justice (March)

2003 – Visit to Doha of Ambassador Roberto Abdenur, as special envoy of the President of the Republic, to address the holding of Summit of South America and Arab Countries (ASPA), which would be held in Brazil (July)

2005 – Foreign Minister Celso Amorim visits Doha, delivers an invitation to the Emir of Qatar to participate on the Summit of ASPA and announces the opening of the resident Embassy of Brazil in Doha (February)

2005 – Opening of the Embassy of Brazil in Doha (May)

2006 – In Doha, the negotiations on the air services between Brazil and Qatar are concluded. The agreement allowed the beginning of regular flights between both countries (May)

2009 – President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva meets Emir Hamad Bin Khalifa al Thani, in Doha, at the margins of the 2nd Summit of ASPA (March)

2010 – Official visit to Brazil of Emir Hamad Bin Khalifa al Thani, accompanied by royal consort Sheikha Mozah and Prime Minister Hamad Bin Khalifa Bin Jaber al Thani. President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva grants audience to the three authorities and offers work lunch to the visiting committee (January)

2010 – State Visit of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva to Qatar (May)

2010 – Visit to Rio de Janeiro of Sheikha Mozah al Misnad, to take part in the 3rd Forum of the Alliance of Civilizations and for a meeting with President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (May)

2010 – Beginning of operations of airline Doha-São Paulo-Buenos Aires by Qatar Airways (June)

2011 – Sheik Abdullah Bin Khalifa al Thani represents the Emir of Qatar at the Inauguration Ceremony of President Dilma Rousseff, as special envoy (January)

2011Official visit of Foreign Minister Antonio de Aguiar Patriota to Qatar. The Minister is received in hearings by the Emir, by the Prime Minister and by the State Minister of Foreign Affairs (March 9)

2011 – 1st Meeting of Political Consultations Brazil-Qatar in Brasília (November)

2012 – Visit to Brasília of the Foreign Minister of Qatar, Khalid al Attiyah. He is received by Vice-President Michel Temer and delivers missive from Sheikha Mozah al Misnad addressed to President Dilma Rousseff (February)

2013 – The Ambassador of Qatar, Mohammed Ahmed Hassan Alhayki, presents letters of credence to President Dilma Rousseff (January)

2013 – Sheikha Mozah bin Nasser al Misnad, Queen-Mother of Qatar and President of Qatar Foundation, visits the states of Rio de Janeiro and Pará and keeps intense meeting agenda related to the projects of the Qatar Foundation in Brazil (September)

2013 – Visit to Doha of the Minister of Social Development, Tereza Campello, to receive the award of “Outstanding Achievement” granted to Programme “Bolsa Família” by ISSA (November)

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