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The 2022 FIFA World Cup and strengthening relations between the US and Qatar formed the basis of talks between Qatar's Ambassador and the Governor of Alaska during a visit by the former to the US

Discussions around the 2022 FIFA World Cup formed part of the dialogue between Qatar's Ambassador to the US, and Alaska's Governor during a visit by the former to the US.

Qatari Ambassador to the US, Mohammed Jaham Al Kuwari, and Alaska’s Governor Bill Walker met during his visit to the United States, The Peninsula has reported.

Among the issues discussed were enhancing economic and cultural relations between the two countries.

Since winning the bid to host the 2022 World Cup, Qatar has been in the spotlight over its labour laws governing the workforce employed on the mega projects associated with the event.

Human rights groups have criticised the Gulf State for its treatment of the workers on the projects, demanding change ahead of the tournament.

Included in the trip was a panel discussion on ‘Internal politics of Qatar; Large projects implemented in education, economy and sports’.

Al Kuwari, an invitee of Anchorage City Mayor Ethan Berkowitz, took part in the discussion as well as members of the Anchorage Chamber and the Alaska World Affairs Council.

The panel also covered various related topics: ‘Qatar’s preparations to host 2022 FIFA World Cup, foreign policy, initiatives undertaken to resolve regional conflicts and reach political solutions; efforts to release hostages and regional crises, particularly in Syria, Iraq and Yemen’.

Part of Al Kuwari’s tour was visiting Rasmuson Foundation, whose focus is to promote a better life for Alaskans, with emphasis on arts, culture, health and social services.

The foundation is the recipient of funding from the Qatari Embassy who has donated a grant to develop a special programme to establish a domestic violence shelter for women and children.

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Monday, August 22, 2016 - 16:30
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