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General view of flags at the new Flag Plaza ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 in Doha, Qatar, on October 5, 2022. — Picture by REUTERS

Qatar responds to criticism, boycott calls in Europe ahead of World Cup

BRUSSELS, Nov 15 — Qatar’s labor minister responded Monday to allegations about the conditions of migrant workers involved in construction work for the World Cup, saying a mechanism is already in place for those seeking compensation.

In response to boycott calls from some politicians and human rights organisations in European countries following reports of some workers dying or being injured during the construction work, Ali bin Samikh Al Marri said: “Have you ever boycotted any previous editions of the World Cup?”

“I just would like to confirm that each and every one of you is welcomed in Qatar to attend the matches,” he added, Anadolu Agency (AA) reported.

Touching on allegations that some workers in Qatar have been unjustly treated, Al Marri said “there is a mechanism to which everyone can resort in order to seek remedy and get compensation.”

“At least US$350 million has been given as compensation to workers,” he said.

He said that the allegations about his country may have derived from a lack of communication, adding the proper information on the issue should be received from the right source.

Al Marri invited everyone to Qatar for the FIFA World Cup, saying: “I can confirm that the Qatar World Cup will be the best in football history.”

The 2022 World Cup, hosted by the Gulf nation of Qatar, is set to kick off on November 20 and end on December 18.

Ahead of the World Cup, some politicians and human rights defenders in European countries are calling for a boycott of the sporting event, accusing the government of human rights violations.

Members of the European Parliament also held discussions on conditions for foreign workers in Qatar.

— Bernama

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