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Germany closes energy deal with Qatar to reduce its dependence on Russia

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March 20 (Reuters) – Germany and Qatar have been informed of a long-term energy partnership deal, a German official said on Sunday, as Europe’s biggest economy seeks to become less dependent on Russian energy sources.

Russia is Germany’s largest gas supplier and Economy Minister Robert Habeck has launched several initiatives to reduce the country’s energy dependency on Moscow after the invasion of Ukraine.

Qatari emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani received Habeck on Sunday and the two discussed ways to improve bilateral relations, particularly in the energy sector, Qatari sources said. A speaker from the German Economics Ministry in Berlin confirmed that a deal had been struck.

“The companies that have come to Qatar (with Habeck) will now enter into contract negotiations with the Qatari side,” the spokesman said.

Habeck also met with Qatari Energy Minister Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi in Doha, and they discussed relations between the energy companies and cooperation between the parties, as is the case with most of them.

(Reporting by Moataz Mohamed and Klaus Lauer, written by Shakeel Ahmad, Moataz Mohamed and Tom Sims. Editing in Spanish by Javier Leira)

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