Qatar foreign minister named as PM

Sheikh Hamad replaces the emir's brother as premier of the Gulf state.

    Sheikh Hamad has pursued relations with
    all sides in the Middle East conflict [EPA]

    In 2005, he met Israel's foreign minister in New York, the first such public encounter between a high-level Gulf diplomat and Israel.

    Qatar, an ally of the US, has at the same time maintained close ties with Hamas, allowing its top leaders to maintain homes in the Gulf peninsula.

    There was no official reason given for the resignation of the outgoing prime minister.

    Sheikh Abdullah, who had held the post since 1996, was largely overshadowed by the higher profile of Sheikh Hamad.

    The rest of Qatar's 13-member cabinet remained unchanged, except for the naming of a new state minister for energy and industrial affairs.

    Mohammed Salah al-Sada, the former managing director of state-owned gas producer RasGas, was named to the post.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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