French-speaking ambassadors in Qatar gather for a Suhoor

April 30, 2022

The Group of French-speaking ambassadors in Qatar, which brings together all the ambassadors of the member countries of the International Organisation of the Francophonie represented in Doha met for the first time for a Suhoor on April 27.

After a two-year halt due to COVID-19 pandemic, the reception organised on the initiative of the embassies of France, Belgium, Benin, Canada, Haiti and Rwanda, brought together some 50 guests at the Diplomatic Club.

Alongside many French-speaking ambassadors, several French-speaking Qatari guests were also present to celebrate the Francophonie, including H E Hamad bin Abdelaziz Al Kawari, Minister of State and President of the Qatar National Library; Ali Zainal, former Qatari Ambassador to Unesco; and Mohamed Jaidah, Executive Director of Jaidah Group.

The reception was opened with a speech by French Ambassador to Qatar, H E Jean-Baptiste Faivre. He recalled the importance of the Francophonie in Qatar, which has been an observer member of the International Organisation of the Francophonie since 2012, and whose membership was encouraged by the Francophonie of part of the Qatari ruling class, including Amir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, and by the existence of a large French-speaking community in Qatar which is around 200,000 people. The French ambassador also expressed his willingness to convene meetings of the Group of French-speaking friends and ambassadors on a regular basis.

This objective of reviving the Group of Francophone Ambassadors was shared by Ambassador of Rwanda to Qatar, H E François Nkulikiyimfura. In his capacity as ambassador of the country of origin of the current President of the International Organisation of the Francophonie, Louise Mushikiwabo, he insisted on the need to strengthen the dialogue between all the French-speaking people present in Doha owing to the links created by the sharing of the French language. The organisation of joint cultural events between embassies, with the invitation of French-speaking artists and writers throughout the year, could be one aspect of this cooperation.

H E Hamad bin Adbelaziz Al Kawari also delivered a vibrant speech on the importance of Francophonie and the concept of Majlis to end the event.

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