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Qatar’s stock exchange surged over 20 percent in U.S. dollar denominated terms in 2018. The small Gulf state officially left OPEC on Tuesday, ending a membership which had stood for more than half-a-century.
Doha announced it would leave the Middle East denominated group shortly before a critical meeting between the influential oil cartel and its allies in December.
Since June 2017, OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia — along with three other Arab states — has cut trade and transport ties with Qatar, accusing the country of supporting terrorism and its regional rival Iran.
Qatar denies the claims, saying the boycott hampers its national sovereignty.