President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr Minister, colleagues, good afternoon,
We are very happy with our good bilateral relations with Qatar. I recently had a telephone conversation with the Emir of Qatar, during which he suggested that we meet with you today. Please give my best regards to him. I hope he and his family are in good health and doing well.
We know that Qatar is playing a major role in the processes that are underway in the region. We maintain regular contact with you, and we will be glad to discuss the current situation today.
Welcome to Russia.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani (retranslated): Mr President, thank you for the warm welcome.
His Highness the Emir of Qatar is sending his best regards. He has sent me to Your Excellency with a verbal message on the developments in the region and in particular in Syria.