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Diplomats at the Embassy of Qatar here have clarified a recent Foreign Ministry press release which announced that the Embassy would have begun the issuant of visas here soon.

In the release which was signed by David K. B. Akoi, Officer-in-Charge/Bureau of Public Affairs, and also published by this paper and several others, the ministry wrote: “The Chargé d’Affaires of the Qatari Embassy accredited near Monrovia, H. E. Mr. Shamsan Abdullah Al-Sada, Wednesday, October 19, 2016, paid a courtesy visit on H. E. Ms. Marjon V. Kamara, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Liberia, during which he informed the Minister that the Embassy would start issuing visas soon.”

However, the Qatari Embassy in a release forwarded to this paper Monday October 24, 2016 said the information is untrue. “The Chargé d’Affaires Mr. Shamsan Abdullah Al-Sada, during his meeting with the H. E. Ms. Marjon V. Kamara, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Liberia on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 did not mention “Qatar Embassy to start issuing visa””, the Embassy said.

Rather it stated that the Embassy is only issuing official visas at this point for official government delegation traveling to Doha for official functions. The embassy further stated that those wishing to obtain business and tourists visas can apply through their respective Hotels in Doha and that for Liberian national wishing to work in Doha can have their respective companies arrange their visas in Doha.

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