World leaders descend on Qatar for World Cup 2022 kickoff

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Rwanda’s Paul Kagame, Palestine’s Mahmoud Abbas are amongst these arriving in Doha.

World leaders, politicians, diplomats and royalty have begun to arrive in Qatar earlier than the 2022 FIFA World Cup kickoff on Sunday.

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres arrived in Doha on Saturday, adopted by Rwandan President Paul Kagame, who was noticed at Hamad International Airport on Sunday, Qatar News Service reported.

Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman additionally touched down within the host nation late on Saturday earlier than Sunday night’s opening match between Qatar and Ecuador.

Prince Mohammed’s arrival in Qatar comes after Saudi Arabia and Doha resumed diplomatic ties in January 2021 following years of frosty relations.

Saudi Arabia, taking part in in Group C, will tackle Argentina on November 22.

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi may also attend the opening ceremony, Egyptian state TV quoted the presidency as saying on Sunday.

Those not attending in particular person have despatched messages of help.

On Friday, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Qatar’s emir, obtained a name from Russian President Vladimir Putin. He known as the emir’s workplace to congratulate the host nation and need the Qatari nationwide crew success of their coming video games.

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Qatar’s Bassam al-Rawi celebrates after scoring within the AFC Asian Cup in opposition to Iraq at Al Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, in 2019 [File: Suhaib Salem/Reuters]

The official opening ceremony is slated to kick off at Al Bayt Stadium at 5pm (14:00 GMT) on Sunday earlier than the inaugural Qatar-Ecuador match at 7pm (16:00 GMT).

Occer Football - World Cup - South American Qualifiers - Ecuador V Argentina - Estadio Monumental Banco Pichincha, Guayaquil, Ecuador - March 29, 2022 Ecuador'S Byron Castillo In Action With Argentina'S Nicolas Gonzalez
Ecuador’s Byron Castillo in motion with Argentina’s Nicolas Gonzalez through the South American qualifiers for the World Cup in Guayaquil, Ecuador in March 2022 [File: Jose Jacome/Pool/Reuters]

The emir’s workplace mentioned the opening occasion might be attended by “a number of Their Majesties, Highnesses, and Excellencies Heads of States and Heads of Delegations of brotherly and friendly countries”.

Qatar, competing in Group A of their debut World Cup look, will face Senegal on November 25 and the Netherlands on November 29.

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