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The Indian embassy in Doha has received 2,792 complaints so far this year. In the previous years, 3,385 (2012) and 3,558 (2013) complaints were received by the labour and community welfare section. Ambassador Sanjiv Arora and other senior officials assured the complainants of further follow-up with the local authorities and necessary action. According to the embassy, 85 Indian nationals are currently serving varied sentences in the Central Prison and another 143, who are awaiting repatriation, are housed at the Deportation Centre. On the basis of the requests received from the Qatari authorities for travel documents for detainees at the Deportation Centre, the embassy has issued 28 emergency certificates (ECs) so far this month. The mission facilitated the repatriation of 64 Indian nationals from the Deportation Centre till now.
President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud met the ambassador of Qatar to Somalia Hassan Bin Hamza Assad Mohamed. President Hassan and Mr. Hassan Bin Hamza discussed about intent the Qatar government is reopening its embassy in Somalia. Mr. Hassan Bin Hamza also said hi to the president on behalf of the amir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamaad Al-thani.
Qatar has told Libya that comments attributed to Doha’s ambassador denouncing a Libyan court ruling were fake after Tripoli “urgently” requested an explanation, Libya’s state news agency LANA said. There has been an outcry on Libyan social media and news websites about alleged comments of the Qatari ambassador on his twitter account criticizing a Supreme Court ruling, which had declared last week the election of Ahmed Maiteeq as Libya’s new prime minister had violated the constitution. Maiteeq was elected last month in a chaotic vote with the backing of independent lawmakers and the Muslim Brothers, an Islamist group that has enjoyed Qatar’s backing in Egypt but which has been declared a terrorist organisation in Cairo. “The (Libyan) ministry of foreign affairs and international cooperation urgently requested from the Qatari foreign ministry a clarification about what was written on the personal twitter account of the Qatari ambassador in Libya regarding Libya’s affairs,” LANA said. Qatar had told Libya that the ambassador’s account had been hacked by unknown persons and that the comments posted there had nothing to do with him, the agency added. A Libyan foreign ministry official confirmed the comments made on LANA to Reuters. There was no immediate comment from Qatar.
After two years of preparation, Canada has finally opened its embassy to all Qatar residents. The office, located on the 30th floor of Tornado Tower in West Bay, initially launched in 2012, but since then has only served in a trade capacity for commercial activities between Canada and Qatar. That meant the country’s 7,200 Canadian expats – and those seeking visas to the North American country – needed to send their paperwork to Kuwait and the UAE for processing. Last fall, an ongoing staff strike at these diplomatic missions slowed procedures down considerably for those living in the Gulf, including in Qatar.
Bahrain ruled out returning its ambassador to Qatar soon, signalling that efforts to resolve the unprecedented rift within the U.S.-allied Gulf Cooperation Council have yet to bear fruit. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates recalled their ambassadors from Doha in March, accusing Doha of failing to abide by an accord not to interfere in each others’ internal affairs. The three GCC states are angry at Qatar’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist movement whose ideology challenges the principle of conservative dynastic rule long dominant in the Gulf. The Gulf Arab states in April agreed on steps to try to heal the rift. But Bahrain state news agency BNA said on Sunday the foreign minister, Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa, speaking about a GCC meeting in Saudi Arabia on Saturday to assess progress in efforts to end the dispute, had said: “Bahrain’s ambassador to Qatar will not return to resume his duties in Doha at the present time.” Qatar has said that its foreign policy is “non-negotiable.”
A rapid increase in the number of foreign workers recruited from Asian countries, especially in the construction sector, ahead of the 2022 Fifa World Cup, has put the embassies of their countries here in a not-so-comfortable situation, with more pressure on consular services and a rise in workers’ complaints. A random survey conducted by The Peninsula among members of different Asian communities shows that very few are satisfied with the performance of their embassies. Most respondents were critical of what they said were poor consular services provided by the missions. A Nepalese worker complained about delays in consular services at the embassy. An Indian expatriate said the Indian embassy had a lot to do to address the problems of the rapidly growing Indian expatriate population in Qatar. Most Sri Lankans this daily spoke to were bitterly critical of their embassy, its staff and services. Several Bangladeshis contacted for comment also said that they were upset by the “poor” treatment they got at their embassy. The Philippine embassy came out with flying colours in the Peninsula survey. Asked whether the embassy would come to their aid if they were in trouble, all the respondents in the survey said yes.
Sweden will open an embassy in Doha next month, thereby increasing the number of embassies in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries to four. With the opening of its embassy in Qatar, the Swedish embassy in Abu Dhabi, UAE, will stop extending the diplomatic mission functions to Qatar. Currently, the embassy in Abu Dhabi serves as the Nordic country’s embassy in three countries — the UAE, Qatar and Bahrain. Implementing a decision taken by the Government of Sweden to expand the country’s diplomatic presence in the region, the Qatar embassy will be used effectively to increase business and diplomatic presence in a happening country that is gearing up to host the World Cup in 2022. Speaking to The Peninsula, Max Bujhr, Sweden’s Ambassador to the UAE, Bahrain and Qatar said the Qatar embassy will be inaugurated before May 30 and the new ambassador will be a female diplomat, who is currently stationed in a South East Asian country. Initially it will be operating from a leased building in Doha.