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The Netherlands puts Qatar trade event on hold over foreign workers' deaths

The Dutch government postponed a trade mission in Qatar after a report on thousands of workers dying there since the country was awarded the 2022 World Cup.

The Dutch government has put a trade mission in Qatar on hold due to concerns about workers' conditions in the Gulf state ahead of the 2022 World Cup soccer tournament.

The Netherlands planned to hold a trade mission via videoconference with Qatar from March 22 to April 1. However, last week, The Guardian reported that a staggering 6,500 workers from South Asia have died in Qatar since 2010, when the country was awarded the tournament. In light of the British news outlet’s report, the Dutch government decided to postpone the event until it hears from Qatar on the alarming death toll, Reuters reported Tuesday.

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