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Qatar's ambassador to the U.S. visits Loyola

Loyola press release - December 2, 2014

His Excellency Mohammed Al Kuwari, Qatar’s ambassador to the U.S., visited Loyola University New Orleans in November to meet with Loyola President Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D.

As the new ambassador, Al Kuwari used the visit as his first opportunity to engage with the city of New Orleans leading up to next year’s 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures. In fact, it was after the hurricane in 2005 that the $100 million Qatar Katrina Fund was established for health care, education and housing throughout the state. Loyola students affected by the storm received $1.4 million from the fund for scholarships.

Following his visit with Wildes, Al Kuwari met with Loyola alumnae Christina Luwisch ‘10 and Jauné Jackson ‘10, who were among 71 recipients of Qatar Katrina Fund scholarships at Loyola during their time as students. They were joined by faculty, staff and a student from the political science department, including chair and professor Peter Burns, Ph.D.

Al Kuwari received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Portland in 1980 and his master’s degree in international relations from the University of Madrid in 1990. Prior to his appointment as ambassador to Qatar last year, Al Kuwari served for a decade as Qatar’s ambassador to France and held roles with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Information Department of the Cooperation Council to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During his time in France, Al Kuwari also served as Qatari ambassador to the Holy See, giving him the opportunity to meet Saint John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis. In 2007, the president of France presented him with an officer badge of the Legion of Honor, the highest decoration in France.