EU seeks closer ties with gas-rich Qatar amid energy crisis

Published: Updated:
Enable Read mode
100% Font Size

The European Union opened an office in Qatar on Wednesday in a sign of the Gulf state’s growing influence in solving the international energy crisis.

EU council president Charles Michel was to meet the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, and other top officials in Doha later in the day.

For the latest headlines, follow our Google News channel online or via the app.

Michel arrived from Algeria where he also discussed supplies of natural gas. Qatar is one of the world’s top suppliers of liquefied natural gas and growing requests have been made by Germany and other European nations.

Michel said his visit was “an important signal of our political will to strengthen ties with Qatar,” as he opened the EU mission.

The EU wants closer ties on “the energy sector, economic development, security challenges,” he told reporters.

Michel’s talks with Qatari leaders were also to focus on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which led to the gas shortages now hitting Europe.

Read more:

Analysis: Full gas storage no fix for Europe’s cold winter energy crunch

New Russia gas halt via Nord Stream 1 tightens energy screws on Europe

Russia energy giant Gazprom further cuts France gas deliveries

Top Content Trending