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Qatar has “strongly condemned and denounced” an explosion which killed nearly two dozen people at an Ariana Grande concert in the UK last night.

The state’s foreign minister also issued a short statement on Twitter expressing “sincere condolences and thoughts” to the victims and their families.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on QNA this morning that it “reiterated Qatar’s firm stance on rejecting violence and terrorism regardless of its source and whatever its motives and reasons.”

Qatar rejects “all criminal attacks that terrorize the innocent people and contradict with humanitarian values and principles,” the ministry added.

It said the Gulf state stood in “full solidarity” with the UK government and expressed condolences to the families of the victims and the UK government, wishing the injured a quick recovery.

With 22 people dead, this is one of the deadliest attacks the UK has seen in recent years, and officials are treating it as terrorism-related for now.

The explosion took place in the foyer of Manchester Arena around 10:30pm, according to police.

Also, more than 50 people have suffered “shrapnel-like injuries,” the BBC reports.

Grande is a 23-year-old American pop singer, and many in the audience were teenagers and their mothers.

Following the attack, the artist, who was unharmed, tweeted:

Qatar reactions

In Qatar, people waking up to news of the tragedy reacted with similar horror:

Qatar and the UK are close allies, and the attack comes days after the government reaffirmed its stance against regional extremist groups.

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Qatar will spend some £5 billion on the UK’s economy over the next three to five years, its prime minister has announced.

The pledge to further invest in the UK’s infrastructure, real estate and technology comes at a critical time for the country, which is preparing to leave the European Union.

PM Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser Al Thani made the announcement during a business and investment forum in London yesterday.

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Canary Wharf

The two countries already have a strong relationship, with Bloomberg reporting that Qatar has previously injected some £35 billion in the nation.

Much of this comes in the form of UK real estate, as Qatar owns the Shard, the Olympic Village and Canary Wharf, among other properties.

Qatari students and tourists also frequently visit the country.

Cushioning Brexit

According to Bloomberg, all of this helps explain why Qatar has a “big stake” in keeping the UK’s economy strong once it exits the EU.

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Qatar’s investments in the UK

Over the next few years, the UK will be taking the investment through the Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund, which remains very interested in the nation:

During this week’s forum, the CEO of the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohamed bin Saud al-Thani said:

“There is a pressure from my board to diversify in terms of geography and asset class, but we are still looking, even after Brexit, for opportunities (in Britain).”

Beyond Europe

Qatar is also hoping to attract investment to its own country, which is struggling with falling revenue from lower oil prices.

It has been doing so in part by expanding its relationships in Asia and the US.

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According to Reuters, the QIA announced plans this week to open an office in San Francisco.

The moves comes after Qatar committed to spending $35 billion in the US by 2020.

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Note: This article has been corrected to reflect that Qatar does not supply the majority of the UK’s imported fuel.

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Qatar’s foreign ministry has denounced a deadly attack in London yesterday that left four people dead and 29 others injured.

In what British officials are calling a terrorist act, an assailant mowed down several people while driving an SUV on Westminster Bridge.

He then stabbed and killed a police officer outside of Parliament before being shot to death by other officers.

An investigation is now underway about the attack.

Rejecting violence

In a statement, MOFA said Qatar rejects violence in “all its forms regardless of its motives as well as all criminal acts that contradict with humanitarian principles and international law.”

It added that Qatar supports the UK government in whatever actions it takes to maintain the country’s security.

On Twitter, Qatar’s foreign minister also weighed in, saying:

Following a meeting about ISIS in the US yesterday, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani also commented on terrorism:

The UK is a key ally of Qatar, whose sovereign wealth fund owns a great deal of property in and around London.

Earlier this week, it announced a ban on most electronics onboard aircraft headed to the country from the Middle East over concerns of a terrorist threat.

The ban mirrored one imposed by the US hours earlier, but exempts Qatar and the UAE.

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