Qatar’s Emir says he regrets the conflict with Quartet

The Emir said he regretted the conflict, but said he believed 'crisis will pass'. (File/AP)
Updated 06 November 2018
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Qatar’s Emir says he regrets the conflict with Quartet

  • The Emir says the country will continue to develop its oil and gas industries
  • Emir says he believes 'crisis will pass'

DOHA: Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani said on Tuesday he regrets the continuation of conflict with other Arab states, but added that “crises will pass,” outlining the nation’s economic achievements over the past year.

The country would continue to develop its oil and gas industries as it is keen to preserve its status as the top liquefied natural gas exporter in the world, and that the country had grown its exports by 18 percent last year and slashed spending by 20 percent, Tamim said in a speech to the Arab state's shoura council.

Qatar’s currency has preserved its value since the start of the rift last year and the economy has diversified to overcome the impact of sanctions imposed by other Arab states, Tamim said.


Sudan summons Egypt ambassador over Red Sea oil and gas exploration blocks

Updated 17 min 17 sec ago
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Sudan summons Egypt ambassador over Red Sea oil and gas exploration blocks

  • Undersecretary Badreddin Abdullah expressed Sudan’s protest at the offering
  • He called on Egypt “not to proceed in this direction that contradicts the legal status of the Halayeb triangle”

KHARTOUM: Sudan’s Foreign Ministry said on Thursday it has summoned Egypt’s ambassador to Khartoum, Hossam Issa, over Egypt offering oil and gas exploration blocks “in Red Sea areas subject to Sudanese sovereignty.”
Undersecretary Badreddin Abdullah expressed Sudan’s protest at the offering and called on Egypt “not to proceed in this direction that contradicts the legal status of the Halayeb triangle.”
The Halayeb triangle, which is controlled by Egypt, has been claimed by Sudan since the 1950s. However, Cairo says it is Egyptian territory and it has long been a source of contention between the two neighbors.