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The U.S. will hold informal talks with Qatar and the United Arab Emirates over claims they wrongly subsidized three Arab Gulf airlines, stopping short of a request by U.S. carriers for formal discussions on whether aviation treaties were violated, people familiar with the matter said. State Department officials met with the U.S. airlines and their backers June 24 to discuss the decision and will meet with representatives of the Arab Gulf carriers Wednesday, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the meetings were private. The decision doesn't affect operations by the three Gulf carriers in the U.S.The U.S. airlines argued the subsidies and other benefits, outlined in a 55-page investigative report, allowed the three Gulf airlines to buy new fleets of international wide-body aircraft and fly routes regardless of their profitability.
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