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In August 2006 we published two articles, which referred to information from sources to the effect that Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al-Thani, Qatar’s Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, had held discussions with the Israeli government in Israel on his way to the Arab Foreign Ministers’ Conference in Beirut.

Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim has denied through his solicitors that he attended any such talks with Israel and has drawn our attention to a supporting denial issued by an Israeli government source to Israeli journalists at the time indicating that he had flown over Israeli skies but denying that a visit had occurred. We were unaware of the Israeli government’s denial when our articles were published and are happy to draw it to the attention of our readers. On 23 October 2007, the Acting Prime Minister of Israel has also denied that any such meeting took place.

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Asharq Al-Awsat is the world’s premier pan-Arab daily newspaper, printed simultaneously each day on four continents in 14 cities. Launched in London in 1978, Asharq Al-Awsat has established itself as the decisive publication on pan-Arab and international affairs, offering its readers in-depth analysis and exclusive editorials, as well as the most comprehensive coverage of the entire Arab world.

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