April 10, 2019 / 2:26 PM / 5 months ago

Pompeo: U.S. looking "very closely" at Qatar-Air Italy deal

WASHINGTON, April 10 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday that the State Department was looking closely at Qatar Airways’ acquisition of a 49 percent stake in Air Italy.

Questioned repeatedly about the deal during a U.S. Senate hearing, Pompeo said, “We’re looking very closely at this recent decision by Qatar to take on 49 percent of this airline.”

Both Republicans and Democrats at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing said they were concerned that the deal with the Italian carrier violated an agreement Qatar Airways’ reached with the United States in early 2018.

Reporting by Patricia Zengerle and Lesley Wroughton; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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