Speaker of Parliament László Kövér met Abdulla Falah Abdulla Nasser Al-Dosari, Qatar’s Ambassador to Hungary, in his office on Thursday at the diplomat’s request, the parliament’s press office told MTI. The two sides praised bilateral economic, political and cultural relations. The ambassador expressed appreciation for Hungary’s support strengthening Qatar’s ties with the European Union, and Hungary’s advocacy for peace and the negotiated settlement of the Middle East and the Russia-Ukraine conflicts, it said in a statement.
The Emir of Qatar is scheduled to visit Hungary next year, it said, adding that Kövér has invited the president of the Shura Council, the legislative body of Qatar, for a visit.
Concerning international criticism of Qatar before the forthcoming soccer World Cup, the two sides agreed that “double standards” and “ideological pressure” were “unacceptable”. Kövér said politics should not be brought to bear on sports, and athletes should not be forced to make political statements. The speaker expressed appreciation for Qatar’s efforts to host the world’s second biggest sports event successfully.