July 13, 2018 / 1:17 PM / a year ago

Putin to hand World Cup host's mantle to Emir of Qatar on Sunday

FILE PHOTO: Russia's President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech as he attends the International Cybersecurity Congress in Moscow, Russia July 6, 2018. Sergei Chirikov/Pool via REUTERS

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin, Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and FIFA President Gianni Infantino will take part in a ceremony on Sunday handing over the hosting of the soccer World Cup, a Kremlin official said on Friday.

Putin and Sheikh Tamim are also set to discuss the Middle East at a separate meeting on Sunday, Kremlin foreign policy aide Yuri Ushakov told reporters.

Qatar hosts the next World Cup in 2022.

Reporting by Denis Pinchuk; Writing by Maria Tsvetkova; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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