Thursday, November 14, 2013

Malaysia-Qatar cooperation on child refugee issues

Rosmah meets with Sheikh Abdullah at complex ISF in Doha. BERNAMA

DOHA (Nov 13, 2013): Permata Negara will work with the Qatar Foundation to address issues on education and health among child refugees, including those in Malaysia.

Permata Negara patron Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor said this was among matters she discussed with the chairman of the foundation, Sheikha Moza bin Nasser, the driving force behind education and social reforms in Qatar.

Rosmah was speaking to Malaysian journalists after paying a courtesy call to the mother of the new Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, at the foundation's headquarters here on Tuesday.

Rosmah, who is the wife of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak, arrived here on Sunday to attend the 4th Qatar International Businesswomen Forum at the St Regis Hotel where she delivered a keynote address titled "The Empowerment of Malaysian Women" on Monday.

Rosmah, who regarded Permata Negara as a strategic partner of Qatar Foundation, said they would also study the effectiveness of alternative medicine, especially those practised in China, to cure various diseases affecting child refugees.

"For that purpose, we plan to visit China," she said.

Rosmah said Permata Negara would prepare a working paper on child refugees in Malaysia to be submitted to Sheikha Moza, who would also be invited to Malaysia to see their condition.

Meanwhile, the new Prime Minister of Qatar, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al Thani, is expected to visit Malaysia next year to improve bilateral ties.