Qatar’s foreign minister promises successful 2022 World Cup

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DOHA, QATAR - AUGUST 03: Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid Bin Mohamed al-Attiyah speaks during a joint press conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (not seen) in Doha, Qatar on August 03, 2015. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

’s top diplomat on Tuesday promised his country would host a successful in 2022 and suggested criticism of its successful bid was partly based on racism.

The bid is under renewed scrutiny following the launch of American and Swiss investigations into corruption at football’s world governing body, FIFA.

In a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press, foreign minister Khalid al-Attiyah reiterated Qatar’s stance that it has and will continue to cooperate with investigators. He said he was confident the event would go ahead and will be “the best World Cup ever.”

He also hit back at the barrage of international criticism directed at Qatar over the tournament, indicating that racism played a role.

“Some parties cannot digest that a small, Arabic state… is hosting such an event, as if our region, our Arab region is not entitled to have such an event,” he said.

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