Qatar's first lady visits Spain on first official overseas trip

Sheikha Jawaher accompanied her husband to meet the Spanish king and queen

The Emir of Qatar and his wife Sheikha Jawaher Al Thani meet Spain's King Felipe and Queen Letizia in Madrid. AP
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Sheikha Jawaher Al Thani, the wife of Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim Al Thani, on Tuesday accompanied her husband to Spain, her first official overseas trip.

Sheikh Tamim and the first lady were greeted at the Royal Palace in Madrid by Spain's King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia.

The Spanish royal couple hosted a lunch banquet in honour of the Qatari visit.

The Qatari couple also attended an official gala dinner hosted by King Felipe and Queen Letizia.

King Felipe presented Sheikh Tamim with the Queen Isabella Necklace, the highest decoration granted to heads of state and other prominent visitors.

Sheikha Jawaher was presented the Royal Order of Isabella by Queen Letizia.

Spain's King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia pose with Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and his wife Sheikha Jawaher Al Thani before their gala dinner at the Royal Palace in Madrid. EPA

In a speech before the dinner, Sheikh Tamim expressed his keenness to continue supporting and strengthening the ties between the two countries.

Qatar and Spain will celebrate this year the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, he said.

Qatar will add 4.7 billion euros ($4.9 billion) to its investment in Spain, betting on the “soundness” of the Spanish economy, he said, without specifying a time frame.

Qatar had direct investments in Spain worth 2.7 billion euros as of December 2019, Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said.

The Gulf state's sovereign funds have invested in companies such as Iberdrola, Santander and Prisa, he said.

Updated: May 18, 2022, 11:03 AM
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