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International Development Minister Sajjan attends FIFA World Cup in Qatar – National


Minister of International Development Harjit Sajjan will travel to Cata this week for 2022 world football championshipGlobal issues Canada Sunday said.

Sajjan will be in Qatar from November 21 to 23 and will be accompanied by Stephen Ellis, Member of Parliament for Cumberland-Colchester, the statement said.

In addition to cheering on the Canada men’s national soccer team in Qatar, Sajjan will also participate in “a trilateral sporting diplomacy event” with US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard, the body. added.

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The news comes after Heritage Canada told Global News last month that Ottawa has “no plans” to send an official to the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

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“The Government of Canada is proud of the Canadian men’s national soccer team qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup,” a Heritage Canada spokesperson told Global News on Oct.

“Their qualifying in itself is a historic event and all Canadians are looking forward to cheering them on in November. To date, no plans have been made for a dignit to attend the event. this case.”


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While in Qatar, Sajjan is also scheduled to meet Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Qatar’s deputy prime minister and foreign minister, to discuss humanitarian assistance and international development.

There have been allegations that Qatar has discriminated against women and LGBTQ+ people in its laws and practices, and mistreated migrant workers, according to the report. Amnesty International’s 2021/2022 report domestic.

in one travel warning for Canadians visiting Qatar to watch the World Cup, the federal government noted that Qatar has many laws that are different from those in Canada, adding that it’s not just that revealing clothing is “considered inappropriate.” In the country, Qatar also “criminalizes sexual acts and relationships between persons of the same sex or unmarried persons.”

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The government also advises Canadians to avoid “following a religion, criticizing the Qatari government or the Islamic religion,” as doing so could lead to arrest and criminal prosecution.

— With files from Aaron D’Andrea of ​​Global News

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