DOHA (Bernama): Malaysia's Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pic) will be conferred with two awards during his four-day official visit to Qatar starting Wednesday (Dec 11).
Malaysian Embassy Charge d’Affaires Mohamad Shahir Sabarudin said one of the awards is the Doha Forum Award, which will be presented to Dr Mahathir by the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, during the Doha Forum 2019 on Saturday (Dec 14).
He said the award will be given to Dr Mahathir as a recognition of his leadership, voices and initiatives in developing and promoting Malaysia at the international level.
"What makes us, as Malaysians, more proud is that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s name will be recorded as the first recipient of the Doha Forum Award,” he told the Malaysian media here on Tuesday ahead of Dr Mahathir’s visit to Qatar.
He said Dr Mahathir is also scheduled to deliver a keynote address at the Doha Forum.
The other award to be conferred to Dr Mahathir is the Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy by Qatar University on Friday (Dec 13).
On the official visit, Mohamad Shahir said it would be Dr Mahathir’s first visit to Qatar after being appointed as Malaysia’s seventh Prime Minister in May last year.
He said the visit is on the invitation of Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and both leaders are scheduled to convene a meeting to discuss the various efforts to strengthen the existing bilateral ties between Malaysia and Qatar, which was established since 1974.
Qatar is Malaysia's fifth trading partner in the Middle East. In 2018, the total trade between the two countries amounted to RM3.72bil, up 29 per cent from 2017.
Mohamad Shahir said the trade and investment sectors between the two countries included palm oil, electrical and electronic products, machinery and equipment, metal production, wood products, processed foods, crude petroleum and chemical products.- Bernama
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