Qatar Airways to seek state support, warns cash running out

30 Mar 2020; MEMO: Qatar Airways will have to seek government support eventually, Chief Executive Akbar al-Baker told Reuters on Sunday, warning that the Middle East carrier could soon run out of the cash needed to continue flying.

Several states have stepped in to help airlines hammered by the coronavirus pandemic that has virtually halted international travel, with the United States offering $58 billion in aid.

Qatar Airways adds more seats/flights to help people go home

KUALA LUMPUR, March 26 (NNN) — Qatar Airways says it has added 10,000 extra seats since Tuesday as part of its efforts to help people get to their home countries amid the COVID-19 scare.

In a statement here today, the airlines said it has been also providing charter services to Europe and the US from Asia, as well as additional flights to Paris, Perth and Dublin from Doha.

Qatar eases exit restrictions on migrant employees in the oil and gas industry

20 Mar 2020; MEMO: Qatar has removed exit visa requirements for an additional segment of its foreign labour force, including some of those working in the oil and gas industry, according to official tweets posted on Friday, Reuters reports.

Qatar in 2018 eliminated exit visas for many foreign migrant workers. But the reform did not apply to domestic workers, government and public institution staff, the oil and gas sector, and workers employed at sea and in agriculture.

Qatar sends first batch of aid to Iran to combat corona

17 Mar 2020; MEMO: Qatar has announced sending the first batch of urgent medical aid to Iran to help it contain the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

A statement issued by the Qatar Fund for Development on Twitter said: “The first package of aid included about six tons of medical equipment and supplies, including surgical masks, sterilisers, and medical disinfectants.”

Qatar Reports 64 New Cases Of COVID-19

DOHA, Mar 16 (NNN-QNA) – A total of 64 new cases of COVID-19 were registered in Qatar on Sunday, the Qatari health ministry said.

“The new confirmed cases thus raise the total number of infections to 401 all over the country,” the ministry was quoted as saying.

The infected cases are being quarantined, receiving full medical care and in a very good health.

THE Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, announced earlier on Sunday, additional measures to control the COVID-19 outbreak.

Qatar Confirms 238 New COVID-19 Cases

DOHA, Mar 12 (NNN-QNA) – Qatar, on Wednesday, announced that, 238 new cases of COVID-19 were registered in the country.

All the new cases detected had interacted with people previously identified as infected.

Qatar, on Monday, announced a nationwide closure of all schools and universities, “until further notice,” amid concerns about the COVID-19.

Qatar’s health ministry had earlier said, it temporarily banned the entry of travellers from 14 countries.

US and Taliban sign deal aimed at ending war in Afghanistan

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Acknowledging a military stalemate after nearly two decades of conflict, the United States on Saturday signed a peace agreement with the Taliban that is aimed at ending America’s longest war and bringing U.S. troops home from Afghanistan more than 18 years after they invaded in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

U.S.-Taliban set to sign troop withdrawal deal as Pompeo lands in Doha

KABUL/DOHA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo landed in Qatar’s capital city, Doha on Saturday to witness the signing of a historic deal with Taliban insurgents in an effort to end the 18-year war in Afghanistan.

Pompeo arrived on a flight from Washington and was due to hold a meeting with the Qatari Emir before attending the signing ceremony.

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