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Qatar Airways seeks 10% stake in American Airlines amid Middle East dispute

Qatar Airways seeks 10% stake in American Airlines amid Middle East dispute

State-owned Qatar Airways has made an offer to buy a 10% stake in American Airlines, the Fort Worth-based carrier that has been a vocal critic of Qatar and other Middle Eastern airlines.

American said in a regulatory filing Thursday that the bid was unsolicited, but that the CEOs of both airlines have spoken. Qatar submitted a filing under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act, which is subject to review by the Justice Department's antitrust division.

Industry experts suggest various motives for the proposed investment — from an attempt to ease a recent political dispute between Qatar and its Middle Eastern neighbors to a way of currying favor with American, which has criticized the...

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