Macedonia, Qatar sign deals on investment, tourism

Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani boosts trade ties during European tour
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Qatar's Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani has begun a tour to a number of European states in a bid to boost relations. al-Thani is visiting Macedonia, Albania, Ukraine and Poland, holding talks with leaders of these countries on bilateral relations. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Macedonian President Georgi Ivanov (R) handovers Qatari emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani (L) the 'September 8' medal for common efforts in affirmation of dialogue between civilisations, religions and cooperation with the Republic of Macedonia in Skopje. Officials say the emir's two day visit to Macedonia is significant because it lays a foundation for the political dialogue to be resumed and represents a strong signal for intensifying overall cooperation, especially business ties. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Al-Thani is the first ruler from the Arab world to visit Macedonia since the country declared independence from former Yugoslavia in 1991. He arrived with a delegation of 100 members, including two members of the royal family and 12 ministers. (AFP/Getty Images)
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The two leaders listen to the national anthems during a welcoming ceremony at the Alexander the Great Airport near Skopje. In the meeting between the two sides, both vowed to strengthen bilateral cooperation between the two countries. (AFP/Getty Images)
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The Qatari emir visited the art gallery Daut Pasin Amam in Skopje. The two leaders signed several deals aimed to intensify cooperation in the sectors of energy, finances, tourism and construction. (AFP/Getty Images)
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He also toured the Old Turkish Bazaar. The Emir also announced that Qatar was to open an embassy in Macedonia to enhance bilateral ties. (AFP/Getty Images)
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al-Thani was impressed with the early Ottoman era Mustafa Pasha Mosque in the centre of Skopje. In 2003, Qatar provided financial and political support for the summit of South Eastern Europe heads of state entitled "Dialogue Among Civilizations", which was initiated by late Macedonian president Boris Trajkovski. Macedonia will once again host the summit in 2013. (AFP/Getty Images)
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The sheikh's tour of key landmarks in the country was a key part of his visit.He was also scheduled to meet with Premier Nikola Gruevski and with Parliament Speaker Trajko Veljanoski. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Macedonia was the first leg of the emir's four-nation European tour. His second stop was Albania, where he met with Albanian President Bamir Topi.
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The leaders signed several agreements following talks, which included a MoU for co-operation in the tourism sector, a co-operation agreement in the cultural field, and an agreement for establishing a businessmen’s council between the countries' two commerce chambers. (AFP/Getty Images)