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Qatar commits $500 million to UN, signs multi-year agreements

Doha: Qatar announced a series of agreements with the United Nations that is to see $500 million injected into UN programmes over the next few years.

Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani and Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres signed the agreements during the Doha Forum, a conference organised by Qatar and attended by leaders from several countries and other key world figures, EFE news reported on Sunday.

Guterres said the accords represented significant change in Qatar’s relation with the UN, and made the Gulf country a structural partner of the international organisation.

The UN’s International Centre for Counter-Terrorism, created in 2017, is to establish its headquarters in Doha and will receive five million dollars per year from Qatar as part of the deal.

Qatar is also expected to contribute $15 million annually to support terror victims, according to the Gulf country.

Doha will also host offices for UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

(Agencies)

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