Qatar offers compromise as Gulf states prepare to meet

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New high-rise office buildings and hotels build the skyline opposite the promenade at the Al Corniche road on December 30, 2010 in Doha, Qatar.
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Reuters

Tue Jul 4, 2017 | 5:18pm EDT

By Tom Finn and Rania El Gamal | DOHA

Qatar announced plans for a steep rise in Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) production capacity on Tuesday that suggested it was ready for a protracted dispute with Gulf neighbors, but Doha said it was doing all it could to reach agreement.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain were due to meet on Wednesday to decide whether to continue sanctions they imposed on Qatar on accusations it was aiding terrorism and courting regional rival Iran. Doha denies the charges and has submitted to mediator Kuwait replies to 13 demands that the gathering will consider.

“What Qatar has given in goodwill and good initiative for a constructive solution, based on dialogue, we believe should be sufficient (to show) we have carried out our duties from our side,”…

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