Pandas ‘Suhail’ and ‘Soraya’ will arrive in October ahead of the World Cup as a ‘new symbol of China-Qatar friendship’.
China announced that it will give Qatar two giant pandas to mark the FIFA World Cup to be held in the state in November and December.
China’s ambassador to Qatar, Zhou Jian, said pandas named “Suhail” and “Soraya” will arrive in the country next month, ahead of the soccer tournament that will begin on November 20.
“This is a gift that 1.4 billion Chinese people give to the Qatar World Cup, and will surely become a new symbol of China-Qatar friendship,” the special envoy said at the reception. .
While the Chinese team did not qualify World CupChinese companies have been involved in building major projects around the event.
After Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani of Qatar was one of the few world leaders who attended? Controversial Winter Olympics In China, President Xi Jinping said he was ready to launch panda cooperation with the Middle East.
China is increasingly isolated by Western powers on issues such as supporting Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Therefore, “it is still trying to take advantage of the World Cup and how to do it better than with a little panda diplomacy,” said Patrick Fok of Al Jazeera, reporting from Beijing.
Suhail is the name of one of the brightest stars visible in the Gulf, while Soraya is the Arabic name of the Pleiades star cluster.