Qatar's $340 Billion in Reserves Enough to Face Gulf Crisis: Central Bank

Published July 10th, 2017 - 12:17 GMT
Qataris write on a wall bearing a portrait of Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani that has become a symbol of resistance during the Gulf diplomatic crisis. (Karim Jaafar/ AFP)
Qataris write on a wall bearing a portrait of Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani that has become a symbol of resistance during the Gulf diplomatic crisis. (Karim Jaafar/ AFP)

Qatar has $340 billion in reserves including holdings of its sovereign wealth fund that could help the Gulf country to weather the isolation by its powerful Arab neighbors, central bank governor Sheikh Abdullah Bin Saoud al-Thani told CNBC.

"This is the credibility of our system, we have enough cash to preserve any..kind of shock," he told the news channel in an interview published early on Monday on its website.

Al-Thani said the central bank has $40 billion in reserves plus gold, while the Qatar Investment Authority has $300 billion in reserves that it could liquidate.

Qatari stocks have weakened and the riyal has been volatile in the spot market since Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic and transport ties with Qatar on June 5, accusing it of backing terrorism. Doha has denied these allegations.

 


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