Qatar's first ambassador to Japan, Hamad Mansour Al-Hajiri, presented his credentials to Emperor Hirohito at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Friday (16 Feb).
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SV Ambassador's coach arrives
SV Ambassador into coach
SV People watch
SV Coach drives to palace (2 shots)
SV People watch
SV Coach & escorts approach palace
SV EXT. Palace, guards on duty
SV Ambassador's coach arrives (3 shots)
SV Ambassador welcomed, enters palace
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Background: Qatar's first ambassador to Japan, Hamad Mansour Al-Hajiri, presented his credentials to Emperor Hirohito at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Friday (16 Feb).
He was driven to the palace in a horse-drawn coach, escorted by mounted policemen.
Japan established diplomatic relations with Qatar in May, 1972.
SYNOPSIS: In the Japanese capital, Tokyo, last Friday, a coach arrived to pick up the newest foreign diplomat. He is Qatar's ambassador. Hamad Mansour Al-Hajiri, who took up his post recently. Small crowds gathered to watch him make his way to the Imperial Palace.
The coach which took him through the streets of Tokyo was a traditional vehicle, escorted by horsemen of the Mounted Police Unit of the Imperial household Ministry.
Following the ambassador in a separate coach were the two Principal Secretaries to the Qatar Embassy, Mr. Ali Zaman and Mr. Amer Shammout.
At the Japanese Imperial Palace -- three-hundred-and-fifty-years-old and still surrounded by its original moat and defences -- the Ambassador was to present his credentials to Emperor Hirohito. The welcoming committee was headed by the Imperial Household's Master Chamberlain. Japan and Qatar established diplomatic relations in May nineteen-seventy-two. A strengthening of trade relations is expected to follow.