Speaking at a media briefing in Washington DC, Qatar Airways Group CEO Akbar al Baker described the US campaign against the major Gulf carriers as a “transparent attempt to block competition and reduce customer choice”. Al Baker maintains that the US-Qatar treaty, signed in 2007, is a balanced agreement and that none of the three US carriers was really serving the Indian sub-continent, African or Middle East markets that Qatar serves via its Doha hub. “Our service is lawful and pro-competition,” al Baker said. “Qatar offers convenient, one-stop service to unserved destinations.” He also accused the three US carriers of

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