OPEC does not understand why Qatar has withdrawn from the organization, but respects its choice. The Chairman of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and the UAE Energy Minister Mazrui responded to the announcement of Qatar's withdrawal from OPEC on the 4th.
Singapore Lianhe Zaobao quoted the Russian satellite news agency as saying that Mazrui said: Every country decides whether to join OPEC. We welcome all countries that join, but we cannot force anyone to stay.
He added: Any country that does not want to stay has the right to do so. We respect the right of Qatar to withdraw from OPEC.
Qatar announced on December 3 that it will withdraw from OPEC, which joined 57 years ago on January 1, 2019, saying it will expand natural gas production.