Qatari reshuffle

Qatar’s emir issued a decree on Wednesday replacing the foreign minister and merging some portfolios, state news agency QNA reported, in what was seen as a move to consolidate his power and cut costs after the sharp drop in oil prices. Qatar, the world’s biggest liquefied natural gas exporter, is one of the Gulf’s richest countries, although the value of its energy exports almost halved last year. The new foreign minister was named as Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani. The ministers of energy and finance were unchanged. Khalid al-Attiyah, the outgoing foreign minister, will become state minister for defense affairs”.

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