Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman delivers key note address at Doha Forum and meets with Regions key Political and Business Leaders

May 13th, 2015 - Pat Breen

21 Clare T.D. and Chairman of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs Pat Breen TD is in Doha this week where he delivered a key note address to the economic conference. He is also attending a series of high level meetings with the Regions key political and business leaders.
One of his first Meetings was with the Qatari Prime Minister and reflecting on that meeting Deputy Breen says: “The one-on-one engagement with the Prime Minister of Qatar was valuable opportunity to raise a number of areas of mutual interest to both our countries. PM Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani raised the opportunities for greater trade between Ireland and Qatar. He also referred to the visit of Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD to the Gulf State last year. At a separate meeting with the Director of European Affairs at Qatar’s Foreign Ministry, I raised the possibility of resuming trade in Irish beef, and he agreed to push this issue with his veterinary officials in the coming weeks.”
Deputy Breen also met the Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister of Qatar for a discussion on the current instability in the Middle. Ireland’s humanitarian contribution in conflict zones in the region was raised.
Deputy Breen has now travelled to Kuwait City for meetings with the Speaker of the Kuwaiti parliament and the Kuwaiti Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, as well as Irish business groups and members of the Diaspora.

Ireland’s Ambassador based in Abu Dhabi, Patrick Hennessy is accompanying Deputy Breen on both visits.
On Monday, Deputy Breen addressed the Doha Forum, a key economic conference which is discussing democracy, development and free trade in the Middle-East, the Arab countries and the world.
Deputy Breen addressed issues related to:
· Challenges of human development and human security in the Arab region;
· Resource issues, distribution and population growth, and
· Climate change and environmental pollution

Deputy Breen concludes: “This year’s Doha Forum seeks to assess pressing political, economic, social, financial, strategic and human rights matters for the Middle East region. I had the privilege of addressing the Forum on how to bolster human development and human security and forge a collective approach to climate change and population growth. I referenced Ireland’s economic recovery following the economic crash, outlining how increasing exports and improving domestic demand are contributing to growth rates which are among the highest in the European Union.”