Sheikh Khalifa Bin Hamad Al-Thani, the Deputy ruler and Prime Minister of Qatar has arrived in London for talks with Government officials.
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Background: Sheikh Khalifa Bin Hamad Al-Thani, the Deputy ruler and Prime Minister of Qatar has arrived in London for talks with Government officials. Today he met Mr. Joseph Godber, Minister of State, Commonwealth and Foreign Office. His visit comes only days after six of the nine Arabian Gulf states signed an agreement joining them in a Federation. Qatar and Bahrain, the largest of the Gulf States are expected to opt for full independence....but they have the option to join if they wish. During his stay in Britain, Sheikh Khalifa will attend the graduation of his son Hamad from Sandhurst Military Academy.
SYSNOSIS: Britain's Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Mr. Joseph Godber, today called on the Deputy Ruler and Prime Minister of Qatar, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Hamad Al-Thani. The Sheikh is on a short visit to Britain primarily to watch the graduation of his son Hamad from Sandhurst Military Academy.
The Sheikh's visit comes only days after six of the nine countries of the Arabian Gulf signed an agreement joining them in a Federation. Moves towards this end were started about three years ago and gained impetus with Britain's announced military withdrawal from the area. Qatar didn't sign the agreement. Along with Bahrain it is the largest of the Gulf states and is expected to opt for independence. However the option is still open to sign.
Before going to London, Sheikh Khalifa visited France where he had talks with Government officials. As in London the substance of the discussions wasn't made Known, but the recent Federation signing and the British withdrawal almost certainly came into the talks.
Britain has had special treaty arrangements with the Gulf states for 150 years. Qatar and Bahrain, which are not trucial states, and are in different treaty arrangements with Britain, were not represented at the recent talks which led to the setting up of the new Federation.