- Associated Press - Friday, June 5, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Qatar Ambassador H. E. Mohammed Jaham Al-Kuwari says his country will look at possible investments in West Virginia and has pledged $50,000 for a McDowell County educational project.

The ambassador toured parts of West Virginia Friday with U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin. He pledged $50,000 to Reconnecting McDowell, along with future collaboration. The program led by the American Federation of Teachers alongside 120-plus partners aims to improve education and other opportunities in the county.

Al-Kuwari invited Manchin, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and his administration and business representatives to visit Qatar.

Al-Kuwari is slated to bring a team to West Virginia in September to hear investment proposals.

Manchin highlighted energy industry similarities between Qatar and West Virginia.

Beyond energy, Al-Kuwari said Qatar is interested in investing in tourism, real estate and education.



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