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Qatar makes u-turn, agrees to host business and investment forum during Tinubu’s visit

U-Turn by Qatari Government Signals Resolution to Hold Crucial Forum During Nigerian President's State Visit

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In a dramatic reversal, the State of Qatar has confirmed its willingness to host the business and investment forum proposed by President Bola Tinubu during his impending visit to the Arab nation, scheduled for March 2, 2024.

The decision marks a significant turnaround following initial reports of Qatar’s refusal, citing the unavailability of its Minister of Commerce and Industry, Mohammed Bin Hamad Al-Thani, as a primary factor.

Earlier, a leaked memo had surfaced, revealing Qatar’s declination of the proposed investment forum and casting doubts on the viability of the event. However, subsequent developments have unveiled a different narrative, underscoring the fluidity of diplomatic engagements.

Contrary to earlier indications, the Qatar government, in a note verbale addressed to the Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, formally confirmed the scheduling of the business parley during President Tinubu’s visit to the country.

Amidst speculation and scrutiny surrounding Qatar’s initial rejection, the Presidency moved swiftly to dispel any notions of diplomatic snubbery, asserting that the business forum was just one facet of a broader agenda encompassing Tinubu’s state visit to the Gulf nation.

In a statement, Tinubu’s Special Adviser on Information and Strategy, Bayo Onanuga, emphasized the paramount importance of the state visit and downplayed the significance of the temporary setback in organizing the investment forum.

With the Qatar Chamber of Commerce slated to host the event on March 3, 2024, the confirmation brings a sense of closure to the saga, signaling a renewed commitment to fostering bilateral economic ties between Nigeria and Qatar.

The evolving dynamics underscore the intricacies of international diplomacy and highlight the resilience of diplomatic relations in navigating unforeseen challenges on the path to cooperation and collaboration.

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