February 7, 2017 / 1:50 PM / 6 months ago

CORRECTED-Qatar committed to Volkswagen, Qatari representative says

(Corrects level of Qatari ownership in last paragraph to 17 percent from over 11 percent, corrects penultimate paragraph to remove phrase "last year")

DOHA, Feb 7 (Reuters) - Qatar is committed to its investment in Volkswagen, Hessa al-Jaber, Qatar's representative on the carmaker's supervisory board, said on Tuesday.

"I believe VW is a great company. When we invested in VW, that was the right decision. We are really committed to VW," Jaber told reporters in her first public statement on the company since she joined the board last year.

On the diesel emissions test-cheating scandal that has hit Volkswagen, she said: "They are taking steps to mitigate any future risks on emissions."

Qatar owns 17 percent of Volkswagen’s common shares and is the third biggest shareholder in the company. (Reporting by Tom Finn; Writing by Andrew Torchia; Editing by Greg Mahlich)

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