In this Jan. 3, 2011 file photo, a worker cleans the road outside Khalifa sport complex in Doha, Qatar. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
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Qatar is confident that it can host a successful World Cup in 2022 and preparations are fully on track after a boycott by its Gulf neighbors briefly disrupted supply lines last year, its foreign minister told Reuters.Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, who is also deputy prime minister, said Qatar's economy was now growing much faster than anticipated and the major gas exporter was well prepared to withstand the crisis in relations with its neighbors.He also said Qatar still counted on strong support from U.S. President Donald Trump to help solve the crisis and had filed legal complaints with Western regulators against what it sees as currency and market manipulations by its neighbors.The diplomatic crisis, in which Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt have boycotted Qatar, erupted last summer when the four countries cut diplomatic, transport and trade ties with Qatar, accusing it of financing terrorism.The soccer tournament was dragged into the Gulf crisis last year when the UAE said Qatar's hosting of the World Cup should depend on it rejecting "extremism and terrorism".
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