Germany's economy minister in Qatar as Europe seeks to wean itself off Russian energy sources

AP , Sunday 20 Mar 2022

Germany's economy minister is visiting the tiny, energy-rich state of Qatar to discuss improving stability in the energy market as Russia's war in Ukraine sends gas prices to new highs.

Robert Habeck with Emir of Qatar
German Economy and Climate Minister and Vice-Chancellor Robert Habeck, left, meets with the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, in Doha, Qatar, Sunday, March 20, 2022. AP

Robert Habeck met with Qatar's foreign minister and minister of state for energy affairs on Sunday about the short-term supply of liquefied natural gas, as Germany seeks to scale back its reliance on Russian oil and gas.

Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani spoke with Habeck about ways to boost energy cooperation and security, a Qatari government statement said.

Habeck is the latest Western official to visit the oil-rich sheikhdoms of the Persian Gulf amid turmoil in energy markets as Europe seeks to wean itself off Russian energy sources while keeping skyrocketing gasoline prices under control.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia last week in a bid to convince the countries to pump more oil after prices spiked dramatically on supply disruption concerns.

Italy's foreign minister, after visiting Algeria, also went to Qatar, as the Italian government is intent on quickly reducing its reliance on Russian energy.

Italy is also looking to Azerbaijan, Tunisia, and Libya, to boost its acquisition of gas.

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