Austria and Qatar sign tax, air transport accords

The Associated Press
Austrian President Heinz Fischer, right, welcomes Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, left, for talks at the Hofburg palace in Vienna, Austria, on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
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Austrian President Heinz Fischer, right, welcomes Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, left, for talks at the Hofburg palace in Vienna, Austria, on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010.

Austria and Qatar have boosted their bilateral relations with agreements on double taxation and air transport.

While one accord ensures that income and capital aren't taxed twice, the other provides the basis for future negotiations on, among other things, the number of flights between the two countries.

The signing ceremony Thursday took place in the presence of Qatar's Emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, who is currently on an official visit to the Alpine republic with his wife Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned and a high-ranking economic delegation.

Austria's Chamber of Commerce says the country's exports to the Middle Eastern state totaled about €30 million ($40 million) in the first half of 2010 and included iron and steel pipes and construction parts, as well as wood and paper wares.