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Posted On: 23 November 2008 09:40 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:09 pm

Bono to visit Doha next month

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Rock star and philanthropist Bono is coming to Doha next month to participate in the Qatar Foundation-sponsored Doha Debates, The Peninsula can reveal. Organisers are expected to announce today Bono, frontman for U2, will come to Doha to be the special guest in the next debate event, to be broadcast on the BBC World satellite channel, in early December. Hosted by renowned British journalist Tim Sebastian, The Doha Debates have become the Middle East’s forum of choice for many prominent statesmen. One-off special events — which feature question and answer sessions with a single guest — have attracted such names as Bill Clinton, Mohamed El Baradei, Shimon Peres, Amr Moussa and Ayad Allawi. Lead singer in arguably one of the most popular and recognised bands on the planet, since 1999 Bono has become increasingly involved in campaigning for third-world debt relief and raising awareness of the plight of Africa, including the AIDS pandemic. Bono has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, was granted an honorary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, and was named as a Person of the Year by Time, among many other awards and nominations. The Pen