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India’s Bharti Airtel shareholders approve stake sale to Qatar investor

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Shareholders of India’s Bharti Airtel Ltd on Wednesday approved a $1.2 billion deal to sell a 5 percent stake of the company to the Qatar Foundation Endowment, the company said.

The deal marks Qatar’s first major investment in a listed Indian company. It will also help Bharti Airtel, India’s top telecommunications carrier, pare some its $11.7 billion debt.

The Qatar Foundation Endowment is an investment vehicle of the Qatar Foundation controlled by Sheikha Mozah, the wife of the country’s ruler.