Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro visits Qatar on Middle East tour

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro traveled to the energy-rich nation of Qatar on Tuesday as part of a tour of the Middle East.

According to state-run Qatar News Agency, Maduro was received at Doha International Airport by Qatari Foreign Minister Sultan bin Saad al-Muraikhi and others. Maduro is traveling with his wife Cilia Flores and other Venezuelan officials on the trip.

Maduro is set to meet with his ruling Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, on Wednesday while in Qatar, a major natural gas supplier and host of the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup.

“The visit enables the strengthening of the cooperation agenda, which focuses on science and technology, agriculture, transport, energy, tourism and culture,” Venezuela’s state broadcaster VTV said in a report on Maduro’s arrival.

The Qatar News Agency highlighted energy policy as a common concern of nations.

Maduro’s visit comes after he traveled to Iran over the weekend for meetings, including with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Maduro then went to the small, oil-rich nation of Kuwait on Monday.

Maduro is touring Eurasia after President Joe Biden decided not to invite him to the Americas Summit, which began Thursday. His previous stops included Algeria and Turkey.

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