Qatar National Library (QNL) and the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Library signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) at the recent 84th World Library and Information Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The MoU was signed by QNL executive director Dr Sohair Wastawy and Presidential Library’s acting director-general Valentin Sidorin.
Commenting on the agreement, Wastawy said, “We are delighted to have entered into this partnership with the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Library, particularly during the Qatar-Russia Year of Culture. We very much look forward to exploring the areas in which we can
Sidorin said, “We have no doubt that our co-operation with Qatar National Library will result in multiple projects and will lead our nations to better understanding each other. We are also looking forward to our collaboration in the next four years as the FIFA World Cup 2022 will move from Russia to Qatar, and this will not only be a celebration of
sport, but will also contribute to the strengthening of friendly relations between countries”.
The research materials on geography and history of Arabia, as well as official diplomatic documents reflecting the relationship between Russia and Qatar and the League of Arab States take a special place in the Presidential Library collection. These documents are presented in the collection “Russia – Qatar: from the history of relations”.
QNL acts as a steward of Qatar’s national heritage by collecting, preserving and making available the country’s recorded history. In its role as a research library with a preeminent heritage collection, QNL fosters and promotes greater global insight into the history and culture of the Gulf region. As a public library, QNL provides equal access for all Qatari residents to an environment that supports creativity, independent decision-making and cultural development. Through all its functions, QNL provides leadership to the country’s library and cultural heritage sector. (QNA)