Qatar is seeking compensations for damages by boycotting states

Qatar to seek compensation for damages caused by Arab boycott

Qatar has announced the formation of a committee to pursue compensation potentially worth billions of dollars for damages stemming from the blockade imposed by Saudi Arabia and its allies in the Gulf crisis, Al-Jazeera reported.

Ali bin Fetais Al-Marri, Qatar’s attorney general, told reporters on Sunday in the capital Doha that the Compensation Claims Committee would handle claims made by private companies, including major firms such as Qatar Airways, public institutions and individuals, Al-Jazeera added.

According to Al-Jazeera, he also said the body would use both domestic and international mechanisms to seek compensation, and will hire overseas law firms to handle its claims.

“You have people who have sustained damages, businessmen who have sustained damages, banks which have sustained damages. As a result of this blockade,” Al-Marri said, Al-Jazeera indicated.

“And those who compelled these damages to happen must pay compensation for them.”

Members of the newly-formed committee include Qatar’s minister of justice and minister of foreign affairs. Al-Marri said that the decision to pursue compensation for damages was not tied to current state of negotiations between Qatar and the blockading countries, Al-Jazeera said.

“The difference between politics and law is that in law there is continuity, unlike politics, which could be stopped by certain conditions,” he said.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut ties with Qatar on June 5 and imposed a land, air and sea blockade on the country. They also ordered Qatari citizens to leave their territories and took various steps against Qatari firms and financial institutions, added Al-Jazeera.

On June 22, they issued a 13-point list of demands, including the shutdown of Al Jazeera, as a prerequisite to lift the sanctions. Doha rejected the demands and the quartet now considers the list “null and void”. But the Gulf state of Kuwait is still trying to mediate the dispute, concluded Al-Jazeera.

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