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Qatar PM's visit to France goes ahead despite attacks

The visit to France is Thani's first since he became prime minister in June 2013

AFP/PTI  |  Doha 

Victims of a shooting attack lay on the pavement outside La Bell Equipe restaurant in Paris, France. Photo: AP/PTI
Victims of a shooting attack lay on the pavement outside La Bell Equipe restaurant in Paris, France. Photo: AP/PTI

Qatar's prime minister went ahead with a scheduled visit to France today despite the attacks in Paris that left at least 129 people dead, a government spokesman said.

and senior officials left Doha for the three-day visit, Qatar's state media reported.

The visit to France is Thani's first since he became prime minister in June 2013. France and gas-rich Qatar have close economic and military ties.

In May, Qatar signed a deal with French defence group Dassault to buy 24 Rafale fighter jets for 6.3 billion euros (USD 6.75 billion).

Qatar's foreign ministry has condemned Friday's gun and bomb attacks, saying they "contradict all moral and humanitarian principles and values".

Yesterday, President Hassan Rouhani postponed what would have been the first visit to Europe by an Iranian president in 10 years following the attacks.

First Published: Sun, November 15 2015. 19:28 IST
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