THE GER­MAN AF­FAIR

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THE EMIR HH SHEIKH TAMIM BIN HA­MAD AL THANI'S visit to Ger­many this month was sig­nif­i­cant in many ways. Speak­ing for the first time on the labour is­sues con­cern­ing mi­grant work­ers, he said that “there have been er­rors and prob­lems, and we don't say we are an ideal state that makes no mis­takes”. He also pointed out that “we have tack­led a lot and have ini­ti­ated many changes ...and we are work­ing se­ri­ously on im­prov­ing this sit­u­a­tion”. He re­it­er­ated Qatar's staunch stance against ter­ror and that it “has never and will never support ter­ror or­gan­i­sa­tions”. This fol­lows a Ger­man min­is­ter's tele­vised in­ter­view a few weeks ago where he stated that Qatar was in­volved in fund­ing ISIS. After talks with the Emir, Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel said she has “no rea­son to doubt Qatar's com­mit­ment to fight­ing Is­lamic State”. The visit is ex­pected to deepen eco­nomic ties be­tween the two coun­tries es­pe­cially in the en­ergy sec­tor, which has be­come a con­cern for Europe due to the tur­moil in Ukraine.

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