In Geneva, Sheikh Ahmad Bin Ali Al-Thani, ruler of the Arabian Gulf state of Qatar, which formally announced its independence last week, on Friday (3 September) signed official documents ending special treaty arrangements with Britain which had dated back to 1868.
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Background: In Geneva, Sheikh Ahmad Bin Ali Al-Thani, ruler of the Arabian Gulf state of Qatar, which formally announced its independence last week, on Friday (3 September) signed official documents ending special treaty arrangements with Britain which had dated back to 1868.
Qatar's ruler, who has now assumed the title the Emir of Qatar, signed the agreement in the presence of Sir Geoffrey Arthur, Britain's Political Resident in the Gulf state.
The Foreign Office in London expects no difficulty about Qatar successfully applying for membership of the United Nations. (U.N. regulations say applications should be received seven weeks before the opening session of the General Assembly, set for 21 September, but it is expected that the rule will be waived.)
SYNOPSIS: The Emir of Qatar, ruler of the Arabian Gulf state which formally announced its independence from Britain last week, met the British Political Resident Sir Geoffrey Arthur in Geneva on Friday to sign the official documents ending special agreements with Britain spanning back to 1868.
Last week's announcement from Doha, the capital of Qatar, said that all existing agreements with Britain, which over the past century has been responsible for the state's defence and external relations, had been terminated. However, Foreign Office spokesmen in London have made it known that a new friendship treaty allowing for military collaboration has been under discussion.
Newsmen were present for the final signatures, and when the Emir -- his new title -- made a statement expressing pleasure that the agreement would be followed by a new phase of cooperation. He also thanked Sir Geoffrey for his efforts in establishing close relations between the two countries, and expressed his deep appreciation for the spirit of friendship which had prevailed during the independence negotiations.
Sir Geoffrey then replied to the Emir of Qatar's speech, wishing the country success in its new role as an independent nation. Qatar is now expected to apply for membership of both the United Nations and the Arab League.