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Another Jamboree Averted: Nigerians Reacts As Qatar Rejects President Tinubu’s Request For Key Business Summit

The government of Qatar has turned down a request from Nigerian President Bola Tinubu for a visit aimed at discussing business and investment opportunities.

The rejection, communicated through a letter to Nigeria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, highlighted a lack of a formal investment promotion and protection agreement as a key reason for the decision.
Scheduled for March 2 and 3, the proposed forum will not proceed as Qatar cited prior commitments and the concurrent hosting of a web summit as additional reasons for their inability to accommodate President Tinubu’s visitNo description available.

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The letter from Qatar’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry emphasized the absence of a legally binding agreement on investment promotion and protection between Qatar and Nigeria.

It further mentioned that Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Qassim al-Thani, Qatar’s Minister of Commerce and Industry, would be unavailable due to official duties abroad during the proposed visit timeframe. Qatar’s engagement in its web summit during the same period was also cited as a factor contributing to the officials’ unavailability.

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This development marks a notable instance where diplomatic and economic engagements between Nigeria and a Gulf country have faced challenges.

It follows a previous incident in 2023, where the United Arab Emirates (UAE) corrected an announcement by President Tinubu’s media advisor, stating that a visa ban on Nigerians was lifted following a visit by President Tinubu to the UAE leader, Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, which the UAE later clarified.

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