President Muhammadu Buhari’s scheduled visit to Qatar in September has been postponed following request by the Qatari government.
The proposed visitation dates “are not suitable,” according to a note sent to the ministry of foreign affairs on August 19 from the Qatari embassy in Abuja.
The note established that Nigeria had communicated in writing that Buhari had “accepted to visit Qatar on 11-12 September 2022 on the invitation of H.H Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar”.
The FG was directed to suggest a new date for the visit, preferably “during the first quarter of the year 2023.”
“The Embassy of the State of Qatar in Abuja presents its compliments to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Regions Department) and with reference to the latter’s note M 403/2022 dated 12/08/2022 informing that H.E Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has accepted to visit Qatar on 11-12 September 2022 on the invitation of H.H Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar,” the statement reads.
According to the Qatar embassy, “the proposed dates for the visit are not suitable and kindly request the Nigerian side to propose other dates for the visit during the first quarter of the year 2023”.
“The Embassy of the State of Qatar avails itself of this opportunity to renew to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Regions Department) the assurance of its highest consideration,” the statement added.
The rejection of the planned visit according to report is due to the Middle East country’s preparation for the 2022 World Cup.
Qatar is billed to host the FIFA World Cup from November 21 to December 18 later this year.