• Qatar ceased to be a member of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries from January 1, 2019.
• The country had sent an official notification to the OPEC expressing its wish to pull out and to focus on its liquefied natural gas production in December.
• The decision came amid the ongoing diplomatic and economic blockade imposed on the country by its Persian Gulf neighbours and several Arab states.
• These countries accuse Doha of supporting terrorism and interfering in their internal affairs. Qatar has strongly refuted these allegations.
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