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Qatar Ambassador Ahmed Abdulla Al-Khal said Monday the Gulf state wants to develop closer political, economic and cultural relations with Japan, its largest trading partner.

To diversify an economy heavily dependent on oil and natural gas, Qatar is trying to attract foreign investment by offering cheap energy and labor, tax and other incentives, the envoy told The Japan Times. Besides energy development, the state has many projects suitable for small and medium-size foreign firms, he said.

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