Yesterday, the Washington Post published an interview with Qatari foreign minister, Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani who emphasized the “joyous scenes of fans celebrating together in Doha”, “the happy regional vibes fostered by the Middle East’s World Cup”, and the Qatari “open-door policy”.
The foreign minister said “We believe that this is the most inclusive World Cup. The best reward for us in Qatar is the way the fans have enjoyed this tournament”. While also discussing Qatari disappointment with the media’s handling of their reforms and their country, Al-Thani showed gratitude to those on the ground who took to social media with their individual experiences “We are seeing, whether on social media or in some media outlets that are trying to report impartially, most of the visitors are having a very positive experience…speaking of how hospitable the country and its people are, how kind they are. And this is something that we are proud of.”
With Morocco through to the semi-finals, this is a World Cup of many firsts, the symbolism of which is not lost on Minister Al-Thani who mentioned the importance of these wins for the region, as much as for Qatar “We want to show to the world that Arab countries, the Middle Eastern region, are not only about wars and conflicts. It’s also about celebration and celebration of this beautiful game.”
For the full article, visit https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/12/12/qatar-world-cup-controversy-human-rights-interview-foreign-minister/