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Qatar will regain confidence as a regional player

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Significance

Since the sudden end of the three-and-a-half-year ‘Quartet’ boycott in January, Doha has stepped up efforts to normalise relations with formerly hostile Arab countries. It is also pushing ahead with plans for a massive liquefied natural gas (LNG) expansion.

Impacts

  • The loss of solidarity in opposing Qatar could expose other regional rifts, notably between Riyadh and Abu Dhabi.
  • The end of Qatar-Quartet competition should lower tensions in a host of regional conflicts, from Somalia to Libya.
  • Turkey and other recent trade partners could see economic losses as Qatar partially reverts to pre-blockade sourcing.

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