Qatar to appoint new foreign minister

26 June 2013

Khalid bin Mohammad al-Attiyah is expected to be assigned key portfolio in new cabinet

Qatar’s minister for foreign affairs Khalid bin Mohammad al-Attiyah is expected to be appointed as the new foreign minister in new emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani’s cabinet.

Qatari news channel Al-Jazeera reported that Sheikh Tamim is expected to make an announcement on the evening of 26 June regarding the appointment. He is also due to give his first address as emir on 26 June to Qatar’s consultative council.

The move follows Al-Jazeera reporting that the current minister of state for interior affairs, Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani is expected to be appointed the Gulf state’s new prime minister.

The two officials will replace Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani, who is expected to be relieved of both his prime minister and foreign minister portfolios, in the new ruler’s first cabinet. It is expected that the prime minister and foreign minister roles will be split.

Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani transferred power to his son on June 25 after serving as ruler of Qatar for 18 years.

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