Note that the kidnapping happened in 2015 or very early 2016. And the release this past April. So I'm not sure we can know all the facts and figures.
It is clear now that from the very start, the hunters’ abduction was linked to the civil war in Syria, which has drawn in regional powers in an increasingly complicated proxy war. On one side of the hostage negotiations were Shiite powers — Iran and its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah — which firmly support the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad. On the other were the Sunni powers Qatar and Turkey, which fund and arm rebel groups trying to take down Mr. Assad’s government.
Their release, which involved the payment of millions of dollars in ransom to an Iraqi militia backed by Iran, was tied to a broader deal involving a trading of besieged sectarian populations among four towns in Syria, according to a senior Shiite leader in Iraq who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject.
The Iraqi Shiite official said the release of the Qatari prisoners was linked to the safe evacuation of — and delivery of humanitarian aid to — residents of two Shiite villages in Idlib Province, Fouaa and Kfarya. They have been under government control but besieged by Sunni Islamist rebel groups backed by Turkey and Qatar.
The Syrian deal was negotiated separately before the fate of the hostages became entwined with the talks. As part of that agreement, residents of two predominantly Sunni villages, Madaya and Zabadani, that have been held by rebels but besieged by forces loyal to the Syrian government are to be bused to safety. Many of them, about 2,000 people, have already been evacuated from Madaya.
But hey, the West (certainly including Canada) keeps buying oil/gas from these countries, so in the end it's our money that funds all this stuff.
Bilateral merchandise trade between Canada and Qatar are substantial, but continue to fluctuate. This trend continued in 2012 with total trade decreasing to $373.6 million from $559.5 million in 2011. This downward shift is attributed to a significant decrease in the imports of liquefied natural gas from Qatar, down to $148 million in 2012 from $387 million in 2011. However this product continues to make up 85.8% of Canada's imports from Qatar. Canadian exports to Qatar saw an increase in 2012.
Canada’s reputation is based foremost on the presence of our academic and health institutions, the College of North Atlantic and the University of Calgary’s Nursing Campus being the most noteworthy. The work accomplished by other health institutions such as SickKids International also speaks forcefully.
Over 7000 Canadian expatriates live and prosper in Qatar, working within existing Canadian and Qatari companies and institutions. This dynamic community is active in Qatar and serves to advance our mutual interests.
Since June 2011, Qatar Airways offers three weekly direct flights between Montréal and Doha.
Edited by VicHockeyFan, 05 June 2017 - 02:50 PM.
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