Foreign Ministry Summons the German Ambassador

Foreign Ministry Summons the German Ambassador

Doha / Media & Communication Dept./ 28 October 2022

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany Dr. Claudius Fischbach and handed him an objection memo, expressing the State of Qatar’s disappointment and complete rejection and condemnation of remarks made by the German Federal Minister of Interior Nancy Faeser on the State of Qatar’s hosting if the World Cup 2022. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also demanded a clarification for these remarks.

The memo expressed the State of Qatar’s complete rejection of those remarks made towards a country whose hosting of the World Cup was justice done to a region suffering from an unjust stereotype for decades. The memo also stressed that the State of Qatar is determined to organize one of the best editions to showcase the region’s civilization and heritage to the whole world.

The memo highlighted that the remarks made by the minister ahead of her official visit to Doha next week was against diplomatic norms and conventions, especially in light of the distinguished ties between the State of Qatar and Germany in all fields.

The memo noted that the most prominent human rights groups and UN agencies praised the reforms implemented by the State of Qatar in the labor field, given they were effective and long-term, as well as being a result of years of planning and studies. The memo also highlighted that the reforms included many labor laws and practices related to them.

Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dr. Majed bin Mohammed Al Ansari described the remarks made by the German Minister of Interior as unacceptable and provocative for the Qatari people, stressing that it was unacceptable for politicians to try and score political points locally at the expense of their relations with other countries.

Dr. Al Ansari pointed out that the State of Qatar, since winning the bid to host the FIFA World Cup, has been subjugated to an unprecedented campaign that no other host country has ever seen before. His Excellency added that the campaign continued and expanded to include slander and double standards, noting that Qatar continues in its process of development and strengthening its international stance, not paying attention to such campaigns. Qatar is currently preparing to be a hub for civilized communication and the promotion of understanding among world nations in a frame of mutual respect during the World Cup.