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FIFA World Cup: The Dutch government confirmed on Wednesday that it would send a delegation to the Qatar World Cup in November…

FIFA World Cup: The Dutch government confirmed on Wednesday that it would send a delegation to the Qatar World Cup in November, despite a parliamentary vote urging it not to do so amid concerns over the Gulf country’s treatment of migrant workers. Qatar, where migrant workers and foreigners make up the majority of its 2.8 million population, has come under heavy scrutiny by human rights groups over the migrant issue in the run-up to the tournament, which starts on November 20. Follow live updates of FIFA World Cup with InsideSport.IN

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The cabinet intends to send a government delegation, as usual at major sporting events,” Dutch Foreign Minister Wopke Hoekstra and Sports Minister Conny Helder said in a joint letter to parliament.

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“We choose cooperation with Qatar for sustainable change,” it said, adding that they feared staying away would “limit the possibility of dialogue and cooperation”.

A parliamentary motion approved last year had called on the government not to send an official delegation to the Qatar Games because of the working conditions and human rights situation there.

A member of the World Cup organizing committee said last week that Qatar recognizes gaps in its labor system, but the tournament has allowed the country to make progress on issues related to workers’ rights.

Qatar’s government previously rejected a 2021 Amnesty report that thousands of migrant workers were still being exploited.

It was not immediately clear who would be in the official Dutch delegation. The letter did not explicitly exclude the presence of King Willem-Alexander, who often attends major sporting events.

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