Energy supplies on agenda as Qatari emir starts visit

Bled – Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad bin Kalifa al Tani starts a two-day official visit to Slovenia on Sunday at the invitation of President Borut Pahor. He will be accompanied by a sizeable government delegation and gas supplies are expected to top the agenda.

The delegation includes the ministers of foreign affairs, finance and trade and the president’s office said bilateral cooperation and current affairs, in particular the war in Ukraine and situation in the Western Balkans, will top the agenda.

The visit comes less than two months after Pahor was in Qatar with a government delegation to discus how Qatar could supply gas to Slovenia, which is almost entirely reliant on Russian gas.

At the time it was said Qatar could potentially deliver two ships of natural gas to Slovenia per year via the Krk LNG terminal in Croatia.

The visit “offers a chance to strengthen bilateral relations an create opportunities for cooperation,” according to Pahor’s office.

As part of the visit, an agreement will be signed between the tourism and trade promotion agency Spirit Slovenia and Qatar Holding LLC.

Today, the emir will be received by Pahor in Bled in the afternoon. The official talks are scheduled for Monday.