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Qatar raises $12 billion in bond sale despite political crisis

Qatar has sold bonds worth $12 billion (nine billion euros), the finance ministry said on March 7, attracting strong demand despite an economic and diplomatic boycott by its former Gulf allies. “The state of Qatar has achieved a successful return to the international financial markets with a total of three tranches — worth $12 billion,” said a ministry statement carried by the official Qatar News Agency (QNA).

The sale received orders of more than $50 billion, it said.

Qatar has been economically and politically isolated by a Saudi-led bloc — including the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt — since June 2017 over claims it supports terrorist groups and seeks better ties with Saudi arch-rival Iran.

Doha denies the accusations and says its opponents are seeking regime change in Qatar.

In 2018, the gas-rich state raised $12 billion in its first dollar bond sale in two years, eclipsing Saudi Arabia’s $11 billion bond issue the same year.




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