Qatar to seek compensation for damages from blockade

Trevor Jackson
July 10, 2017

They also ordered Qatari citizens to leave their territories and took various steps against Qatari firms and financial institutions.

Qatar's government says it is forming a committee to pursue compensation for damages stemming from its isolation by four Arab countries.

Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt were thanked for commending the dedicated efforts of the Amir of Kuwait Shaikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to protect the Arab national security and safeguard pan-Arab relations.

Qatar has strenuously denied that it supports extremist groups.

On June 22, the four Arab states issued a 13-point list of demands, including downgrading ties with Iran and shutting down broadcaster Al-Jazeera, as a prerequisite to lift the sanctions.

It went on to say that Qatar "is an active member committed to worldwide conventions in combating terrorism and its financing at the regional and global levels".

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It said its position on terrorism "is consistent and known for its rejection and condemnation of all forms of terrorism whatever the causes and motives are".

The official Qatar News Agency (QNA) said the the meeting held at Al Bahr Palace also dealt with issues of joint interest, particularly terrorism and extremism and the ways to enhance bilateral cooperation as part of regional and worldwide counter-terrorism efforts.

Qatar rejected the demands claiming they were an infringement on its sovereignty.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will embark on a personal mission today to help resolve the ongoing Gulf crisis that has threatened Washington's counterterrorism operations in the Middle East, media reports said. He is expected to visit Kuwait on Monday, leaving open the possibility he may shuttle among the various countries involved.

"While entities from across the Gulf and Iran have been guilty of advancing extremism, those in Saudi Arabia are undoubtedly at the top of the list", Tom Wilson, a fellow at the Henry Jackson Society, said in a statement.

The United Kingdom also stepped in with Boris Johnson, its foreign secretary, meeting Saudi-led bloc's senior officials on Friday, as well as visiting Kuwait's foreign minister and Qatar's Emir separately in their countries on Saturday.

Other reports by TheDailyFarc

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