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Top U.S. Diplomat Faces Tough Gulf Talks on Ending Qatar Row

By Sylvia Westall DUBAI, July 12 – U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson faces an uphill task in persuading four Arab states to end a boycott of Qatar in talks on Wednesday after the four labelled a U.S.-Qatar terrorism financing accord an inadequate response to their concerns. Any resolution of the dispute has to address

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Energy Giants Court Qatar for Gas Expansion Role Despite Crisis

By Ron Bousso and Dmitry Zhdannikov LONDON, July 6 – Three of the West’s biggest energy corporations are lobbying Qatar to take part in a huge expansion of its gas production, handing Doha an unintended but timely boost in its bitter dispute with Gulf Arab neighbours. The chief executives of ExxonMobil, Royal Dutch Shell and

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UAE Says Still Awaiting Qatar Response to Arab Demands

ABU DHABI, July 4 – United Arab Emirates foreign minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahayan said on Tuesday that Arab countries boycotting Qatar over its alleged support for terrorism were still awaiting a response to their demands via mediator Kuwait. Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt are pressing Qatar to shut its Al Jazeera

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Saudi Arabia and Allies Give Qatar Two More Days to Accept Demands

DUBAI, July 3 – Saudi Arabia and three allies accusing Qatar of supporting terrorism have agreed to a request by Kuwait to extend by 48 hours Sunday’s deadline for Doha to comply, according to a joint statement on Saudi state news agency SPA. Without stating whether Qatar had rejected the ultimatum as was widely expected,

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Gulf Deadline to Resolve Qatar Rift Approaches

By Sylvia Westall DUBAI, July 2 – Qatar faces possible further sanctions by Arab states that have severed ties with Doha over allegations of links to terrorism, as a deadline to accept a series of demands is expected to expire on Sunday night with no signs of the crisis ending. Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed

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Saudi, Qatar Ministers Spar Over Arab Nations’ Demands

WASHINGTON, June 28 – Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Tuesday that there would be no negotiations over demands by the kingdom and other Arab states for Qatar to stop supporting terrorism. Doha retorted that the allegations against it and demands were baseless and unacceptable. Qatar has previously also said the demands were aimed

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Qatar Riyal FX Market in Chaos But Bankers Believe Peg Still Solid

DUBAI/ABU DHABI, June 28 – Economic sanctions and poor liquidity have created chaos in the foreign exchange market for Qatari riyals, with the currency trading far below its peg to the U.S. dollar this week, but bankers in the region believe the peg remains solid. The riyal has been increasingly volatile in the spot market

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Qatar Says Fighter Jets Deal Shows Deep U.S. Support

By Tom Finn DOHA, June 15 – A $12 billion deal to buy Boeing F-15 U.S. fighter jets shows Qatar has deep-rooted support from Washington, a Qatari official said on Thursday, adding that its rift with some other Arab states had not hurt the U.S. relationship with Doha. Qatar is facing a severe economic and

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