Australia will open a full-fledged embassy in Doha next year, Pablo Kang, the country’s ambassador to the UAE and Qatar, told Gulf Times. “Australia is looking forward to increased levels of co-operation with Qatar, which is home to nearly 5,000 of its nationals,” he explained. The Gulf states together account for about 35,000 Australian nationals, working at different levels, and almost 22,000 of them are in the UAE alone. Of the remaining, 6,000 are in Saudi Arabia and Qatar has the third largest Australian population in the region, said the envoy, who has been looking after Qatar from his country’s mission in Abu Dhabi for more than 42 months now. Australia is on the lookout for a suitable premises for housing its embassy in Doha.
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