• Short Summary

    The first Iraqi ambassador to Qatar, Mr Daham Al-Alussi this week (March 6) presented his credentials to the new Emir of the tiny Arabian Gulf peninsular state -- just two weeks after the Emir, Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad Al-Thani, took power in a bloodless coup.

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    The first Iraqi ambassador to Qatar, Mr Daham Al-Alussi this week (March 6) presented his credentials to the new Emir of the tiny Arabian Gulf peninsular state -- just two weeks after the Emir, Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad Al-Thani, took power in a bloodless coup.

    The presentation ceremony should have taken place on February 23rd but was postponed because of political developments in Qatar, which has a population of only 150,000 and depends on oil for 90 percent of its income.

    Qatar declared independence in September 1971 to end a long-standing arrangement under which Britain was responsible for its external affairs and defence. The two countries signed a treaty of friendship almost immediately afterwards. Under it, Britain has no military commitments.

    At an emergency meeting of the Arab League Council in December last year, Iraq called on Arab states to sever relations with Britain and Iran following the Iranian occupation of three Arabian Gulf islands -- Abu Muss, Greeter Tumb and Leaser Tumb.

    SYNOPSIS: In the tiny Arabian Gulf state of Qatar the first Iraqi ambassador arrives at Government House in Doha to present his credentials to a new ruler -- just two weeks after a bloodless coup.

    The chief of the Emiri Guards waits to greet the new ambassador, Mr Daham Al-Alussi. The ceremony should have taken place last month, but it was delayed by the coup.

    The Emir, Sheikh Khalife Al-Thani, ousted his cousin on February the 22nd, when he was in Iran on a hunting holiday.

    In December, Iraq called on Arab states to sever relations with Britain and Iran. The reason, it said, was Iran's occupation of three Arabian Gulf island Abu Musa, Greater Tumb and Lesser Tumb.

    Qatar, which declared its independence five months ago, has signed a treaty of friendship with Britain. Under the agreement, Britain has no military commitments to the young state.

    Sheikh Khalifa has promised pay rises for members of the armed forces, who supported him, and a better standard of living for his subjects. Qatar depends on oil for a most all its income.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAD6WJ2RWHRC0WY1ZV77RNTKZ9X
    Media URN:
    VLVAD6WJ2RWHRC0WY1ZV77RNTKZ9X
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/03/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:23:00
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    N/A

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