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Qatar eager to join NATO


MNA International Desk: Qatar’s defence minister said on Tuesday that his country’s long-term strategic “ambition” is to join the Western military defence alliance NATO, reported news agency. Speaking on the anniversary of a year-long bitter Gulf diplomatic dispute, which has seen Qatar separated from its former regional allies, Khalid bin Mohamed Al-Attiyah said Qatar wanted to become a full member of the 29-country alliance. “Qatar today has become one of the most important countries in the region in terms of the quality of armament,” Attiyah told the official magazine of the Qatari defence ministry, Altalaya. “Regarding the membership, we are ...

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Govt signed deal with Qatar to import LNG


MNA Business Desk: Bangladesh has signed a long-term “LNG Sales and Purchase Agreement with Qatar’s RasGas” to import up to 2.5 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) annually to meet the country’s growing energy demand. Petrobangla’s chairman Abul Mansur Md Faizullah and the chief executive officer of RasGas Hamad Rashid Al-mihammadi signed the agreement for 15 years on behalf of their respective sides with the target of supplying and procuring 2.5 tonnes of LNG annually, reported news agency. State minister for power, energy and mineral resources Nasrul Hamid and Qatar’s energy and industries minister Mohammad Bin Salah Al-Sada witnessed ...

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Under-16 boys seal historic win over Qatar

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MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh under-16 boys relished a historic win on Sunday, beating Qatar 2-0 in the Group E match of the AFC U-16 Championship Qualifiers. Dipok Roy and Faisal Ahmed Fahim scored in the second half of the match at Doha’s Grand Hamd Stadium to beat the hosts Qatar 2-0. Both teams came into the match after being defeated by group favourites Yemen. While Qatar were defeated 6-1 by Yemen, Bangladesh lost against Yemen 0-2 on Friday. In last night’s match, the last in this group which was reduced to a three-team affair after UAE’s late withdrawal, both sides ...

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Qatar introduces visa free entry

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MNA International Desk: Qatar on Wednesday introduced a visa free entry programme for 80 nationalities to stimulate air transport and tourism. “The visa exemption scheme will make Qatar the most open country in the region,” tourism department official Hassan al-Ibrahim told a news conference in Doha. Interior ministry official Mohamed Rashed al-Mazrouei said that nationals of 80 countries would only need to present a valid passport for entry to the energy-rich Gulf state which is to host football’s 2022 World Cup. The waiver programme, which came into immediate effect, affects countries of the European Union’s Schengen zone, other Western states, ...

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Saudi Arabia to discuss Qatar crisis with allies


MNA International Desk: Saudi Arabia and Arab allies that have cut ties with Qatar will hold talks in Egypt on Wednesday on the Gulf diplomatic crisis, after Doha said their demands were impossible to meet. The four Arab nations, which also include the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt, accuse Qatar of supporting extremism, a charge which it denies. They gave the isolated emirate an extra 48 hours to meet their ultimatum after an initial 10-day deadline passed on Sunday, reported news agency. Saudi Arabia said early Wednesday the four had received Qatar’s response and that they would respond ‘at ...

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Gulf citizens can stay despite crisis: Qatar


MNA International Desk: Qatar moved Sunday to avoid an escalation of its feud with Gulf neighbours by telling their citizens they are welcome to stay, while boasting of “business as usual” for vital gas exports. Iran also announced it had sent tonnes of vegetables to Qatar, which has seen food imports threatened after its neighbours cut air, sea and land links with the country. Nearly a week after Saudi Arabia and several of its allies severed ties with Qatar in an unprecedented Gulf diplomatic crisis, there were no signs of the bitter dispute being resolved. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab ...

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Saudi, Bahrain, Egypt and UAE cut diplomatic ties with Qatar

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MNA International Desk: Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates announced on Monday they were severing diplomatic ties with Qatar, as they accused the Gulf state of supporting terrorism. Saudi news agency SPA said Riyadh cut diplomatic ties and closed borders with its neighbour to ‘protect its national security from the dangers of terrorism and extremism’. A Saudi official cited by SPA said the country decided to ‘sever diplomatic and consular ties with Qatar, and to close all land, sea and aviation ports’. The ‘decisive’ measure was due to the ‘gross violations committed by authorities in Qatar over ...

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