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Qatar's emir to visit Latin American states

Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al -Thani addresses the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., September 25, 2018. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

DUBAI (Reuters) - Qatar’s Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani will visit Latin America on Monday, the state news agency reported on Saturday.

Doha is seeking to develop new trade and business partners since a rift last year with its neighbours Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, along with Egypt, resulted in a political and economic boycott of Qatar.

“The Emir will pay a state visit on Oct. 1 to a number of friendly Latin American countries, including Ecuador, Peru, Paraguay and Argentina. (The visits) are based on invitations from their leaders,” the state news agency said.

Qatar, the world’s top supplier of LNG, has investments in Argentina through Qatar Petroleum and is looking to expand in to Latin America.

Reporting by Asma Alsharif; Editing by Janet Lawrence