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Qatar: 'We applaud efforts on workers' rights' - Scholz backs World Cup preparations while making play for natural gas in Doha03:37

Qatar: 'We applaud efforts on workers' rights' - Scholz backs World Cup preparations while making play for natural gas in Doha

Qatar, Doha
September 26, 2022 at 09:31 GMT +00:00 · Published

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz praised Qatar’s efforts on workers’ rights ahead of this year’s FIFA World Cup, while also pushing for closer ties on energy, while meeting with Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani in Doha on Sunday.

"Our discussions also included <…> Qatar’s preparations for hosting the World Cup 2022," said Scholz. "We are assured that these kinds of efforts aid in getting people closer together and applaud Qatar's efforts in reforming its workers' rights and <…> improving the working conditions greatly."

Qatar has faced widespread criticism from the West amid allegations of exploiting workers. Just last year, the German national team wore shirts spelling out the words 'human rights' before their clash with Iceland to make a statement about this year’s world cup.

Meanwhile Scholz also discussed increased co-operation, as his country faces an energy crisis.

"I discussed with the Emir the shipping of Liquefied Natural Gas and look forward to discussing further developments in this area, co-operating with Qatar continuously on the production of electricity and hydrogen," he said.

With the Nord Stream 1 pipeline from Russia currently shut down, Berlin accusing Moscow of 'blackmail' and the Kremlin blaming Western sanctions over Ukraine, the German government is keen to diversify supplies.

Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani himself welcomed the pledge for closer integration with his country. He also said that the solution to the conflict in Ukraine lay at the negotiating table and told Scholz his country 'emphasised our opposition against the use of force'.

Qatar: 'We applaud efforts on workers' rights' - Scholz backs World Cup preparations while making play for natural gas in Doha03:37
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German Chancellor Olaf Scholz praised Qatar’s efforts on workers’ rights ahead of this year’s FIFA World Cup, while also pushing for closer ties on energy, while meeting with Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani in Doha on Sunday.

"Our discussions also included <…> Qatar’s preparations for hosting the World Cup 2022," said Scholz. "We are assured that these kinds of efforts aid in getting people closer together and applaud Qatar's efforts in reforming its workers' rights and <…> improving the working conditions greatly."

Qatar has faced widespread criticism from the West amid allegations of exploiting workers. Just last year, the German national team wore shirts spelling out the words 'human rights' before their clash with Iceland to make a statement about this year’s world cup.

Meanwhile Scholz also discussed increased co-operation, as his country faces an energy crisis.

"I discussed with the Emir the shipping of Liquefied Natural Gas and look forward to discussing further developments in this area, co-operating with Qatar continuously on the production of electricity and hydrogen," he said.

With the Nord Stream 1 pipeline from Russia currently shut down, Berlin accusing Moscow of 'blackmail' and the Kremlin blaming Western sanctions over Ukraine, the German government is keen to diversify supplies.

Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani himself welcomed the pledge for closer integration with his country. He also said that the solution to the conflict in Ukraine lay at the negotiating table and told Scholz his country 'emphasised our opposition against the use of force'.