Russia, Qatar agree to boost energy cooperation

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Leaders from Russia and Qatar, two of the world's largest natural gas exporters, agreed on Wednesday to step up cooperation in energy production.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani said both countries wanted to bolster ties.

"We want to develop economic cooperation with Russia," Sheikh Hamad said.

"I have had interesting talks on this topic, notably with the head of Russian gas giant Gazprom Alexei Miller," he added.

The Sheikh and Miller discussed in particular possible joint investment products, a Gazprom statement said.

Qatar is ranked world number three behind Russia and Iran for natural gas reserves.

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