relations with countries worldwide. In fact, Qatar maintains diplomatic relations with all countries in the four continents.
At present, it has 108 diplomatic missions deployed all over Asia, Africa, Europe, North America, South America and Oceania.
Qatar’s focus has not been limited to bilateral cooperation on the governmental level; it rather extends to include multilateral cooperation as can be seen from its membership in several international, Arab, and regional organizations and bodies counting for 328 operating in the political, economic, social, cultural, and scientific domains. Along the past four decades, the State has ratified and joined the membership of several multipurpose agreements in the commercial, legal, ecological, political, media, and other spheres.
To institutionalize the international cooperation, a ministerial position had been created for international cooperation in 2008 but was canceled in 2011 as a result of a restructuring process of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A post was created under the title: “Assistant Minister for International Cooperation Affairs” to supervise this sector at the Ministry. Several other departments and functions related to international cooperation and international relations were created in the majority of ministries and governmental organs.