OPEC receives Qatar's withdrawal letter
OPEC Secretary General Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo received a letter from Qatar giving notice of its intention to withdraw from its membership of OPEC, pursuant to Article 8 of the OPEC Statute, with effect from 1 January 2019.
The letter from Qatar’s Minister of State for Energy Affairs Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi also expressed sincere appreciation to OPEC Member Countries, the OPEC Secretary General and all OPEC staff.
OPEC said on its website that it respects the decision taken by Qatar. The OPEC Secretariat expressed thanks to Qatar for its support of the organization over the many decades of its membership.