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Qatar won't cut gas to UAE - Qatar Petroleum CEO

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(Reuters) - will not cut off to the United Arab Emirates despite a diplomatic dispute and a "force majeure" clause in its contract, the chief executive of Petroleum told Al Jazeera network, two weeks after some Arab states severed ties with Doha.

CEO Saad al-Kaabi said that although there was a "force majeure" clause in the agreement on the Dolphin pipeline, which links Qatar's giant North Field with the UAE, would not stop supplies for other reasons.

"The siege we have today is a force majeure and we could close the pipeline to the UAE," he said.

"But if we cut the gas, it does great harm to the and the people of the UAE, who are considered like brothers ... we decided not to cut the now," he told the Doha-based channel in an interview aired on Sunday.

The Dolphin pipeline links with the and Oman and pumps around 2 billion cubic feet of per day to the

The chief executive of Sharjah National Oil Corp said earlier on Sunday he did not expect flows of natural from to the United Arab Emirates to be interrupted by the diplomatic dispute in the region.

(Reporting by Sylvia Westall in and Ali Abdelaty in Cairo; Editing by Andrew Roche)

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