Felipe VI travels to Qatar today to support Spain in the World Cup.

Madrid (EFE) – This Wednesday, Felipe VI will travel to Qatar to support the Spanish team in their debut against Costa Rica in the World Cup, which will be held in the emirate, the first in the Arab country.

The King will watch the match from a box at the Al Tumama Stadium in Doha, along with the president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation, Luis Rubiales.

In this regard, not a single minister is going to accompany the head of state to the first clash of the national team at the World Cup, marked by criticism of Qatar for not respecting human rights, for discrimination against women and its rejection of homosexuals.

King Felipe VI leaves for Doha today. EFE/J. J. Guillen

In addition to supporting the team led by Luis Enrique, Felipe VI’s presence in Doha is a response to an invitation extended to him by Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani when he visited Madrid last May.

During this visit, the King praised Qatar for taking on the task of hosting the World Cup and its achievements in civil rights and freedoms, and presented the Emir with a Spanish football team jersey.

Al Thani announced in front of Don Felipe that his country was going to increase investment in Spain by 4,720 million euros in the coming years due to his confidence in the Spanish economy.

After the match with Costa Rica, Spain will play in the first phase with Germany (27th) and Japan (December 1).

By Peter Kavinsky

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