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World Cup: Drakeford has no regrets over Qatar hotel freebie

World Cup: Drakeford has no regrets over Qatar hotel freebie

Wales’ First Minister stated he did not regret approving a totally free luxury resort remain in Qatar throughout the World Mug.

BBC Wales disclosed on Wednesday that Qatar spent for two ministers and 4 officials to remain at the Ritz-Carlton.

Mark Drakeford said he needed to take the friendliness package for safety and security reasons and also might not go to conferences without it.

” While it had not been the way we would certainly have selected to head to Qatar, it was inevitable,” he said.

News of the hospitality plan prompted issues it might have threatened the Welsh federal government’s stance on human rights, while Amnesty International challenged ministers to show they increased the concerns.

Qatar has been criticised for its therapy of LGBT people, ladies and also migrant employees.

Mr Drakeford stated he increased civils rights issues at “every conceivable possibility” while he remained in the nation.

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While the Welsh government paid ₤ 13,000 for flights, a BBC Freedom of Details demand found that Qatar spent for Mr Drakeford, Economy Priest Vaughan Gething as well as four authorities to remain at the first-class resort.


The two preachers attended different video games along with 2 officials each, with both different journeys each lasting 3 evenings.

Mr Drakeford’s trip came regardless of Sir Keir Starmer’s choice to stay away from the tournament.

UK federal government ministers additionally participated in the World Cup, including Welsh Secretary David TC Davies, but it is unclear under whether they accepted the same package.

Mr Drakeford informed BBC Wales: “I do not regret it, because it was the only method which it was feasible to discharge the purposes for which I went to Qatar.

” The safety regime that bordered the games simply suggested that unless you were prepared to approve the setups that were there on the ground, you would not have actually had physical access to the locations where I needed to be [and] the meetings I needed to participate in.

” While it wasn’t the way we would certainly have picked to go to Qatar, it was inescapable, if the see was to release the functions that were there for it.

” At every meeting that I participated in, whether that was federal government preachers, companies, arts organisations, meetings with neighborhood media there in Qatar, the concern of civils rights, human values, workers’ rights – those things were covered in every conceivable chance.”


The Welsh government has consistently safeguarded the journey, saying claimed the competition provided it a possibility to promote Wales on the globe stage and to look for financial investment from Qatar.

Mr Drakeford stated in November it was a “challenging and very closely balanced choice” to go.

Inquired about the arrangements for UK priests, a Foreign and also Commonwealth Workplace spokesperson said: “The World Mug was a significant global event and also it is best that the UK federal government was represented.

“Details of the check out will certainly be published in the common way”.

Last Updated:  6 January 2023

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