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Emir of Qatar says sports can play role in ‘building bridges’ between peoples

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, the emir of Qatar, said Tuesday that sports can play a role in uniting different peoples and cultures across the world.

At the United Nations General Assembly, Sheikh Tamim touted the “tremendous potentials and opportunities” that belong to his small Arab country, which hosted the soccer World Cup last fall. 

“During the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, there was an opportunity for interaction between peoples, and it was an opportunity for the world to see our people as they are and to learn about our culture and values,” Sheikh Tamim said, calling Qatar a “global destination and nexus between East and West.” 

“We emphasized the role that sports could play in building bridges of communication and rapprochement between peoples and cultures,” he continued. “I hope we had contributed through this tournament to breaking the stereotypes and presenting a new, exciting and safe tournament to the world.” 

 

The Americans and two of their family members arrived in Doha, Qatar, on Monday after leaving Iran. White House officials touted the move as President Biden reuniting families. During the exchange, the U.S. offered up five Iranian prisoners and returned $6 billion in frozen funds for use in Iran.

The five Americans were greeted on the tarmac in Qatar on Monday by U.S. Ambassador to Qatar Timmy Davis. Three of the former prisoners, Namazi, Emad Sharghi and Morad Tahbaz, hugged the ambassador and others present after exiting the plane.

The Biden administration has said that the Iranians who were released in the deal are not a threat to U.S. national security, according to the Associated Press.

Fox News’ Greg Norman, The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.

Chris Pandolfo is a writer for Fox News Digital. Send tips to chris.pandolfo@fox.com and follow him on Twitter @ChrisCPandolfo.

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