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Argentina ready to contribute to preparations for WC 2022: Envoy

Argentina ready to contribute to preparations for WC 2022: Envoy


Ailyn Agonia
Doha
AMBASSADOR of Argentina to Qatar HE Carlos Hernandez underscored the readiness of his country to contribute to Qatar's preparations for hosting FIFA World Cup in 2022.
In view of this, the ambassador said they are expecting the visit of Boca Juniors President Daniel Angelici who is also the vice-president of the Argentine Football Association (AFA) to Doha to plan out Argentina's concrete contribution for the next World Cup. Similarly, he said Argentina's Boca Juniors is planning to establish football schools in Qatar by early next year. The Argentine team is sponsored by Qatar Airways.
"People, who had never heard of Qatar before, now will be able to know in detail about this peaceful, friendly and generous country because of the World Cup. We are ready to contribute to Qatar in this matter as we did at the time of the election of the venue," HE Hernandez said.
The envoy added that, most likely, later this year or early 2019, a quadrangular international championship will be organised which will see the participation of Boca Juniors and a Qatari football team.
"An additional idea is being explored on the possibility of implementing another quadrangular which will include the Argentine and Qatari national teams, plus two other national teams. Qatar's national team has been also invited to participate in next year's 'Copa America' in which you will find the participation of 10 South American national teams, including three former world champions," he said.
Moreover, Ambassador Hernandez said they are expecting high-profile official visits to take place between Qatar and Argentina in the coming months. It will likely include the visit of two Argentina governors within this year and the beginning of 2019 to discuss investment. One of the governors to pay a visit to Qatar is from the Province of Jujuy which is rich in mining resources, according to the envoy.
HE Hernandez, who assumed office as the head of mission of Argentina in Qatar recently, also underscored that his leadership will focus on boosting bilateral relations between Qatar and Argentina in all diverse areas. Promoting investments in strategic areas, increasing and diversifying trade and working together on several political issues are among the top priorities of his leadership, the ambassador added.
HE Hernandez is a career diplomat of the Argentine Foreign Service. Before being posted to Doha, he served in the UN international organisations in Geneva, New Zealand, twice in Austria and the international organisations in Vienna. He also served as charge d'affaires at the Argentinian Embassy in Austria with similar responsibilities in Slovakia and Slovenia. He also served as charge d'affaires at the Argentinian Embassy in Romania with similar responsibilities in Moldova.
HE Hernandez was the first chief of public information of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization. He has been working in the multilateral and bilateral fields with experience in trade, energy and policy areas.
"My wife and I are completely settled in Doha now. We love the country and the friendly people. We feel very much at home here," the ambassador added.

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