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Canada: Qatar gives up bid to relocate U.N. agency

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Canada’s foreign minister says Qatar has abandoned its bid relocate the United Nations civil aviation agency from Montreal to the tiny emirate.

Foreign Minister John Baird said on Twitter Friday that Qatar has withdrawn its bid. A spokesman also confirmed it.

Qatar angered Canada by wanting to move the headquarters.

The International Civil Aviation Organization has been in Montreal since its founding in 1946. Qatar presented ICAO with an unsolicited offer in April to serve as the new permanent seat of the organization beginning in 2016.

The proposal included construction of new premises, paying to move materials and staffers, and paying for all costs of staff terminations and severance packages, according to the U.N. agency.

Qatar did not inform Baird about the bid when he visited there in April.