Qatar to grant visa-free entry for 80 countries to ease economic woes

August 11, 2017 06:05

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Qatar's recent move to grant visa-free entry for nationals of 80 countries is aimed at decreasing the impact of its diplomatic row with Saudi Arabia and other regional nations, said a researcher on Thursday.

Brookings Doha Center researcher Adel Abdel Ghafar said the sanctions on Qatar following the rift have brought many negative impacts on the country's economy.

The Qatari government has taken a series of measures, like adjusting imports and exports and easing immigration control, to keep itself afloat.

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