Envoys convey their condolences to Qatar

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

FOREIGN envoys in Brunei Darussalam yesterday went to the Embassy of Qatar to sign a condolence book in honour of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Hamad Al-Thani, former Emir of Qatar, who passed away on Sunday.

His Highness Sheikh Khalifa, who led the country from 1972 to 1995, died at the age of 84.

The condolence book signing ceremony at the embassy in Lot 188897 Simpang 898 Kg Jangsak started yesterday morning and will be held until Thursday from 9.30am to 1pm.

On hand to receive the envoys during the ceremony was the Ambassador of Qatar to Brunei Saleh Mohammed Al-Nesef. Among the envoys who expressed their sympathies were Omani Ambassador Sheikh Ahmed Hashil Al-Maskari, Kuwaiti Ambassador Dr Fahad Mashary Al-Thafiri, Iranian Ambassador Abdolhamid Fekri, Laos Ambassador Amphay Kindavong and Indonesia’s Ambassador Nurul Qomar.

Ambassador Saleh Mohammed said that the late former Emir is not only always in the hearts of the Qatari, but also remembered by the people in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries such as Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates.

“During his leadership he was very generous. He will be remembered not only by the people in Qatar but also the people in the GCC countries,” said the envoy, referring to the aforementioned five neighbouring countries.

Qatar will observe three days of national mourning as declared by the current Emir, His Highness Sheikh Tamim Hamad Al-Thani, who is the grandson of the late former Emir Sheikh Khalifa.

Brunei and Qatar established diplomatic relations on October 2, 1991, followed by the opening of embassies in both countries. Brunei opened its embassy in Doha in June 2001, while Qatar opened its embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan in October 2008.

The Brunei Times