MOSCOW, 19th January, 2016 (WAM) — H.H. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, Emir of Qatar, and President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation, have held official talks on bilateral cooperation relations and means to develop them in different fields.

According to Qatar News Agency, QNA, the two sides expressed the desire to deepen and diversify their economic relations, especially in the field of energy and investment, and to raise the level of relations to that of strategic partnership.

The talks touched on the overall regional and international developments, especially in the Middle East, and the two countries stances thereon. They called for the reaching of a solution to the Syrian crisis that meets the aspirations of the Syrian people and restores its security and territorial integrity.

The two leaders also reviewed the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and stressed the urgent need for a fair settlement based on the two-state solution, according to the resolutions of the United Nations and international law and agreements signed between the Palestinian and Israeli sides.

They stressed renunciation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and rejection of violence and extremism whatever their origins were. They also agreed on the importance of freeing the Middle East and the Gulf region of all weapons of mass destruction.

The comments came during a luncheon banquet hosted by President Putin at the Kremlin in honour of H.H. the Emir and his accompanying official delegation. A number of Russian ministers were also present at the event.

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