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World Cup 2022: Welsh Prime Minister is not sorry to accept free hospitality in Qatar during the tournament

  • David Deans
  • Political affairs editor, BBC Wales

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Mark Drakeford said he had to accept free accommodation in a five-star hotel for his meetings in Qatar

Welsh Premier Mark Drakeford says he does not regret accepting free accommodation at a five-star hotel in Qatar during the World Cup.

On Wednesday, the BBC revealed that Qatar had paid the accommodation bills for two ministers and four officials at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel.

Drakeford said he had to agree to the hospitality for security reasons, and because he could not go to the meetings without it.

“This was not the way we chose to go to Qatar, but there was no escaping it,” he added.