French President Emmanuel Macron congratulated Qatar on Tuesday, December 20 for the Football World Cup and its ” friend “ Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al- for organizing COP27 in November, at the risk of attracting a new round of criticism.
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“We are ending a World Cup which is the first in the Arab world and which was held in Qatar and I congratulate them”he launched during a regional conference of support for Iraq on the shores of the Dead Sea in Jordan, in Sweimeh.
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“A few weeks ago, a COP which was organized by Egypt ended and I congratulate my friend President Sissi because Sharm el-Sheikh succeeded in bringing the world together and settling part of the subject of losses and damages which was absolutely key”.
COP27 ended with the adoption of a highly disputed text on aid to poor countries affected by climate change, but also on a failure to set new ambitions for the reduction of greenhouse gases.
Human rights controversies
“And the next COP will be held in the United Arab Emirates, which shows how the region is becoming a diplomatic epicentre”underlined Emmanuel Macron.
The French head of state was strongly criticized by the opposition for having traveled twice to Qatar to support the French team and for his compliments on the organization of the event, despite the many controversies about human rights in this country and about the environmental impact of the Cup in air-conditioned stadiums.
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Qatar is also at the heart of an investigation into resounding suspicions of corruption in the European Parliament. “I fully assume”launched the French president between the semi-final and the final of the Cup, lost by the Blues against the Argentines.
Emmanuel Macron is also regularly criticized by human rights defenders for his links with the Egyptian president despite the repression in this country. He notably presented him with the highest French distinction, the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honor, during a state visit by Abdel Fattah Al-Sissi to Paris in December 2020.