Minister of State for Energy Affairs and President/CEO of Qatar Petroleum, HE Saad Sherida Al Kaabi, led Qatar’s delegation to the 21st ministerial meeting of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum in Moscow.
In his address to the meeting, Al Kaabi stressed the importance of natural gas in meeting the economic and environmental challenges facing energy consumers around the world.
Many countries around the world are searching for the right balance of reliable and secure sources of energy, which can drive their growth, while addressing environmental concerns at the same time. In this effort, many are discovering the versatile, flexible, economic, and environmental qualities of natural gas as a key enabler in the journey to achieve a lower-carbon economy.’
Minister Al Kaabi reaffirmed Qatar’s commitment to ensuring the continued availability of reliable LNG supplies to world markets, and to promoting greater growth in the LNG industry, as well as to serving the growing needs of its clients.
We all have the same objective: To place natural gas at the heart of the energy industry as a fuel of the future to affirm our true belief that natural gas is a cornerstone in the energy transition and a destination fuel, not merely a transition fuel.’
The Gas Exporting Countries Forum is a gathering of the world’s leading gas exporting countries, set up as an international governmental organisation to increase the level of coordination and strengthen the collaboration among member countries. GECF also seeks to build a mechanism for a more meaningful dialogue between gas producers and consumers for the sake of stability and security of supply and demand in global natural gas markets.
Al Kaabi also held cooperation talks with Igor Sechin, CEO of Russian company Rosneft, with the Iran Minister of Petroleum Bijan Namdar Zangeneh, and with the Russian Minister of Energy Alexander Novak. The meetings were held on the sidelines of the 21st ministerial meeting.
The meetings tackled various issues of common interest in the energy field. The discussions were also attended by HE Fahd bin Mohammed Al Attiyah, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the State of Qatar to the Russian Federation.