Qatar names new foreign minister in cabinet reshuffle

Khalid al-Attiyah, the outgoing foreign minister, was named state minister for defence affairs

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Qatar’s emir on Wednesday ordered a cabinet reshuffle in which he named a new foreign minister, according to state news agency QNA.

Foreign minister Khalid al-Attiyah was replaced with Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani.

Attiyah was named state minister for defense affairs. The emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, also holds the post of defense minister.

(VIDEO: The new ministers swearing into their new positions before Emir Sheikh Tamim al-Thani.)

The finance and energy portfolios were kept unchanged in the cabinet reshuffle.

The cabinet also wela new female minister, Qatar’s fourth in history, with the appointment of Dr. Hanan Al Kuwari, managing director of the publicly-funded Hamad Medical Corporation.

The decree also merged several ministries, including communication and transport and culture, youth and sports. The public health minister was also replaced.