Qatari Emir praises Vladimir Putin for supporting World Cup – POLITICO

The Emir of Qatar has thanked Vladimir Putin for his « great support » for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, even as the Russian president’s murderous war against Ukraine continues.

The leaders met Thursday at a regional summit in Astana, Kazakhstan, where Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani praised Putin, who has become an outcast in the West since launching his assault on large scale in February.

« After Russia achieved great success in hosting the 2018 World Cup, Russian friends gave great support to Qatar, especially in terms of organization, with the World Cup Organizing Committee 2022,” the emir said.

“We thank you for that and we are proud of this relationship. This will continue until the end of the World Cup. I am very happy to see you, Mr. President. Thank you,” he added.

Putin replied that Russia was « doing everything it could to transfer the experience of preparing for the World Cup », and added: « I am sure it will be a success ». Putin also said he looked forward to the Emir’s visit to Russia.

The love between Qatar and Russia will fuel controversy around the World Cup, which begins next month and has come under criticism since Qatar won the tournament in 2010. State for its treatment of migrant workers.

FIFA expelled Russia from the 2022 World Cup shortly after their invasion of Ukraine began.

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