Qatari ruler appoints new prime minister

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, the Emir of Qatar, has implemented a cabinet shake-up after the resignation of the prime minister. (Iranian Presidency/AFP file photo)
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Updated 28 January 2020

Qatari ruler appoints new prime minister

  • Key cabinet positions such as foreign, energy, finance, defense and trade ministries remained unchanged

DUBAI: Qatar’s ruler has appointed a new prime minister, the office of Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani said on Tuesday, choosing a close associate for an influential role that seeks to ensure the emir’s writ runs throughout the Gulf State’s administration.

Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdelaziz Al Thani will take on the role of prime minister after Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser Al Thani, who was also Qatar’s interior minister, submitted his resignation to the emir.

The new premier Sheikh Khalid, who will also take on the post of interior minister, had been the head of the Amiri Diwan, the emir’s office.

Sheikh Abdullah on Twitter thanked the emir for his guidance during his time as prime minister.

Key cabinet positions such as foreign, energy, finance, defense and trade ministries remained unchanged.

Sheikh Abdullah’s predecessor as premier, Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim, who was also foreign minister, used the influential positions to lead the Gulf state’s forays into global finance and Arab politics.


Iran pressured to release Ukraine flight black box

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Iran pressured to release Ukraine flight black box

  • The jet was destroyed on Jan. 8 after taking off from Tehran

LONDON: The UK, Canada and other countries whose nationals were killed in the Iranian missile strike on a Ukrainian airliner in January are pressuring Tehran to hand over the flight’s black box, The Guardian newspaper reported.

The jet, which was destroyed on Jan. 8 after taking off from Tehran, included 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians, 11 Ukrainians, 10 Swedes, four Afghans, three Germans and three Britons. Tehran admitted that it shot down the airline, having first denied its involvement. 

Following a meeting at the 2020 Munich Security Conference, Canadian Foreign Minister François-Philippe Champagne said: “On behalf of the grieving nations of this tragedy, we told (Foreign) Minister (Mohammad Javad) Zarif … that Iran must take steps toward resolving many outstanding questions of fact and of law.”

He met Zarif at the conference to discuss the black box and compensation for Canadian families.

Champagne said the black box, the property of Ukraine Airlines, should be sent to a third party — likely France — for experts to decode its contents.