Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim Ibn Hamad Al Thani has given orders to grant work visas to 20,000 Palestinians, the Palestinian ambassador to Qatar told Ma’an News Agency, on Monday.The move comes 20 years after Palestinians were first prevented by Qatari authorities from acquiring visas to work in the prosperous Gulf emirate, according to the ambassador.

Muneer Ghannam told Ma’an that PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, who met with Sheikh Tamim two weeks ago, had requested that Qatar allow Palestinian specialists to work in Qatar, in order to help reduce unemployment rates in Palestine.

The Emir of Qatar responded positively and eventually approved the entry of 20,000 Palestinians to work in his country.