Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro heads to Qatar for Middle East tour

Dubai, United Arab Emirates — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro visited the energy-rich country of Qatar on Tuesday as part of a tour of the Middle East.

Maduro was greeted at Doha International Airport by Qatar’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Sultan bin Saad al-Muraikhi, and others, according to the official Qatar News Agency. Maduro is traveling with his wife, Cilia Flores, and other Venezuelan officials on the trip.

Maduro will meet his ruling emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, on Wednesday during his stay in Qatar, a major supplier of natural gas and host of the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup.

“The visit serves to strengthen the cooperation program focusing on the fields of science and technology, agriculture, transport, energy, tourism and culture,” said the public television channel. Venezuelan VTV in a report on the arrival of Maduro.

The Qatar News Agency particularly pointed to energy policy as a common concern between nations.

Maduro’s visit comes after he traveled to Iran for meetings over the weekend, including with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Maduro then traveled to the small, oil-rich country of Kuwait on Monday.

Maduro is touring Eurasia after President Joe Biden decided not to invite him to the Summit of the Americas, which started on Thursday. His first stops included Algeria and Turkey.