DOHA, 19th May, 2016 (WAM) — H.H. the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani of Qatar and President of South Africa Jacob Zuma held official talks at the Emiri Diwan today.

Qatar News Agency, QNA, reported that during the talks session, the two sides discussed ways to advance and enhance ties of cooperation between the two countries in various fields, especially in trade, economic and investment spheres.

They also exchanged views on regional and international issues of common concern, particularly the latest developments in the Palestinian issue, where the two sides affirmed their position in support of the Palestinian people to restore their legitimate national rights, and also stressed the need to intensify international efforts in order to realise lasting and comprehensive peace in the Middle East, which can only be achieved through the end of the Israeli occupation of Arab territories and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital, in accordance with relevant international resolutions and the Arab peace initiative.

Following the meeting, the Emir of Qatar and the President of the Republic of South Africa witnessed the signing of a defence cooperation agreement, a police cooperation agreement and an agreement on cooperation in the fields of arts, culture and heritage between the Government of the State of Qatar and the Government of South Africa.

Earlier, President Zuma arrived at the Emiri Diwan where he was accorded an official

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