Qatar to start gas exploration following ICJ ruling

Published March 20th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

Qatar will start exploration of the Fasht al-Dibel natural gas fields, following the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling granting it sovereignty over the islands instead of Bahrein, Qatar's energy minister said Monday. 


"Fasht al-Dibel and the surrounding areas are now under Qatari sovereignty since the ICJ's verdict, and are very promising in hydrocarbons", the QNA news agency quoted Qatari Energy Minister Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiya as saying. 


"I can't reveal the data I have now, but I can announce that we are going to start assessing the potential of these regions right away", he said. 


On Friday, the ICJ endorsed Qatar's sovereignty over the Zubara strip and on the Fasht al-Dibel islands adjacent to its North Field gas fields, which are among the largest in the world and a crucial economic asset for Qatar. 


Bahrain's Emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Issa al-Khalifa, will visit Qatar on Tuesday, the first step in the rapprochement between the two countries after settling the 60-year territorial dispute.—AFP. 

©--Agence France Presse 2001. 


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