Qatar files legal complaint at WTO challenging trade boycott by Arab countries
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 01-Aug-2017

Doha, August 1: Gulf crisis seems to get more intensified as Qatar on Monday registered a wide-ranging legal complaint at the World Trade Organization on Monday to challenge a trade boycott by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. 

The director of Qatar's WTO office Ali Alwaleed al-Thani said that Doha has filed a legal complaint at the World Trade Organisation to challenge a trade boycott by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. He also said that Qatar has always pressed for dialogue, for negotiations, and the filing of a complaint is part of its strategy to talk to the members concerned and to find a solution to resolve the dispute.

Al-Thani said, “We’ve given sufficient time to hear the legal explanations on how these measures are in compliance with their commitments, to no satisfactory result.” “We have always called for dialogue, for negotiations, and this is part of our strategy to talk to the members concerned and to gain more information on these measures, the legality of these measures, and to find a solution to resolve the dispute,” al-Thani added.

Meanwhile, Qatar is also raising the boycott at a meeting of the U.N. International Civil Aviation Organization on Monday. There was no immediate reaction from the three to Qatar's complaint, which is likely to be circulated at the WTO later this week.

Qatar's move comes a day after Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa said that all the four countries are ready for dialogue to ease the dispute if Doha agrees to fulfill certain demands i.e willingness to stop funding terrorists.

Interestingly, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Egypt and several other nations cut ties with Qatar and imposed stringent economic sanctions on it over supporting extremism. On the other side, Qatar denied all their allegations saying that they never supported Islamist militants and Shi'ite Iran. Later, Saudi and its allies issued a 13-point list of demands to end the rift on June 22 and gave Qatar 10 days to comply. However, earlier Qatar rejected to fulfill the demands.