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Emir visits AWI, meets dignitaries in Paris

June 25, 2014



THE Emir His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani on Tuesday visited Arab World Institute (AWI) in Paris.

HH the Emir was welcomed by President of the institute Jack Lang and a number of senior officials. HH the Emir and the Arab World Institute president reviewed bilateral cooperations, particularly in the scientific, cultural and intellectual areas and ways of enhancing them and exchanged views on a number of issues of mutual interest.

He also paid a visit to 'Pilgrimage to Makkah' exhibition organised by the institute in collaboration with the King Abdulaziz Public Library and the British Museum.

He was briefed on the expo's collection of books and rare paintings from different Arab countries, copies of the Holy Quran, old photos of Pilgrims and historical images of Makkah's Grand Mosque, the Kaaba and Mount Arafat.

HH the Emir was also briefed on the manuscripts, maps and travellers writing about Hajj and its rituals.

During the trip to France, HH the Emir met with a number of senior French officials and dignitaries. He met with Mayor of Paris City Anne Hidalgo at the Council of Paris.

He also met with President of the National Assembly of France Claude Bartolone and a group of its members at the Assembly's headquarters in Paris.

During the meeting, Bartolone hailed the distinguished relations between the two countries and peoples as well as the cooperation and partnership between them on all fronts.

HH the Emir later attended a luncheon banquet the French National Assembly's president hosted in his honour and the accompanying delegation.

Maurice Leroy, National Assembly vice-president and head of the Qatar-France Friendship Society, attended the banquet along with a number of members of the Assembly.

At the Qatar's embassy in Paris, HH the Emir conferred with Bariza Khiari, French Senate vice-president; Philippe Marini, head of the Senate's Qatari-French Friendship group; Alain Houpert, Senate member for Bourgogne region's department of Cote-d'Or; and Serge Dassault, Senate member for Essonne. The meeting reviewed friendship and cooperation between Qatar and France and means of enhancing them.

HH the Emir also met separately with Total Chief Executive Officer Christophe de Margerie and Gaz de France (GDF SUEZ) Chairman and CEO Gerard Mestrallet.

A number of Their Excellencies members of the official delegation accompanying HH the Emir attended the meetings.





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Source: Qatar Tribune

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