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Qatar emir cuts 2-day state visit to 4 hours

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Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani. AP

The Emir of Qatar cut short his two-day state visit in the country  after spending four hours in Manila and left for home Tuesday night, Malacañang said.

Shiek Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani left for Qatar after he attended the state banquet given to him by President Benigno Aquino III in Malacañang.

“We were advised beforehand by the Qatari ambassador that the Emir had to attend to an urgent meeting back home, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a text message to reporters.

But Valte said that some members of the Emir’s delegation, which included Qatar’s foreign minister, were still in the country.

In a phone interview, Valte said  the Emir had just come from a visit to India before arriving in Manila on Tuesday.

He arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 on board a chartered flight around 5 p.m.

But he and his party left around 9 p.m., according to the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) media affairs division.

The Emir was originally scheduled to leave Wednesday, it added.

Vice President Jejomar Binay was also scheduled to meet the Emir for a courtesy call around 10 a. m. on Wednesday at the Makati Shangri-La, but this was also cancelled.

The two-day state visit was supposed to  include a meeting with President Aquino  and key Cabinet members.

Sought for comment, Raul Hernandez, Department of Foreign Affairs spokesperson, said  the visit was successful.

“The bilateral meeting between the President and the Emir covered all the topics in the agenda, with a lot of focus on strengthening trade and economic cooperation,” Hernandez said.

“Agreements were signed on tourism, legal cooperation and agri/fisheries, apart from one with the PCCI-Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry cooperation. There was also a Memorandum of Understanding between the  Board of Investments  and Qatar Holdings LLC to study cooperation in investments,” he added.

Originally posted: 10:57 pm | Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

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Tags: Diplomacy , Foreign affairs , Qatar , Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/TVXQHDJJIV3GNGCLRO5C44OIBY SliderX69

    natuklasan yata ni 
    Emir na WEAK LEADER. 

    • tekateka

      Very weak indeed… umurong pati sa standoff with china sa sarili nating baybayin… benta… we filipinos are being treated as garbage anywhere…. and we treat each other as turds…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JVNTCIME57OARVX76J75DT7XHU benjie

    Non-sense daw kasi kausap si Noynoy kaya nag walk-out na ang emir ng qatar. Walang ka kwenta kwenta, palagi lang kasi ng NOYNOYING!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PLLXYREEEFVAVQZZVCLIXVZNDU Mellow

    sabi siguro ni Penoy kay emir – ahuuu huuu boo boo uu oo! abnoy na abnoy talaga. hahaha nilayasan tuloy. BOBO ng mga bumoto kay Penoy binaboy nyo ang Pilipinas! 

  • tekateka

    filipinos are a bunch of crabs.. so, the next president should be smart… not d-u mb…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KCTWW4HG36CI6VSA44SN5FNEA4 yahoo-KCTWW4HG36CI6VSA44SN5FNEA4

    talk is cheap & comments here are mostly from either wannabe fiction writers or tabloid contributors.  full of non sense.

    • to0

      You absolutely hit the nail on the head. We have nothing to show the Emir, worst, he must have experience rought treatment in the Immigration, or else he was not afforded the respect he deserves. He heh e! What an embarrassment on our government.

  • bryza10

    He probably saw the NAIA terminal when he landed and decided to head back home :P

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