Qatar promises stable oil, gas supply

Kyodo

Foreign Minister Koichiro Genba asked Qatar on Monday to ensure stable supplies of liquefied natural gas and crude oil, and won a promise of cooperation during meetings with two Qatari ministers, Japanese officials said.

Qatar provides around 10 percent of Japan’s LNG imports, and stable crude oil and LNG supplies have become an urgent task for Japan as it increases reliance on thermal power generation in place of nuclear in the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster.

A day after arriving in Doha as part of an eight-day tour of Middle Eastern countries, Genba met with Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Khalid bin Mohammad Al-Attiyah and Energy and Industry Minister Mohammad bin Saleh Al-Sada.

Al-Sada was quoted as saying his country will steadily provide Japan with gas and oil.

Genba and Al-Attiyah reaffirmed their countries’ cooperation over a U.N. conference on climate change to be held this year in Qatar and Japan’s support for infrastructure construction in Qatar. They agreed to set up a dialogue between senior officials to enhance bilateral ties. Genba also met with Crown Prince Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani.