Arab Blockade: Qatar to seek compensation for damages

Posted July 10, 2017

The four Arab states said Qatar's refusal to agree to the demands "reflect (ed) its intention to continue its policy, aimed at destabilizing security in the region".

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.

Marri said the committee formed would use both domestic and global mechanisms to seek compensation.

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.

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"Claims about the State of Qatar's interference in internal affairs of countries and financing terrorism are baseless allegations", the source stressed, adding, that Doha actively supports anti-terrorist efforts in the region which the "international community attests to".

"We do not and will not condone the actions or ideology of violent extremism and we will not rest until these deviants and their organisations are destroyed", it added.

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.

Several gulf states have suspended diplomatic relations with Qatar, and now Kuwait is attempting to mediate to bring an end to the dispute.

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Al Awwad explained that Qatar has supported accounts calling for demonstrations in Saudi Arabia on April 21 and on June 2, during Ramadan, "and luckily, these plots failed".

On June 22, they 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, which include the closure of Qatar's only land border and suspension of all flights to and from the country.

In a statement attributed to an unnamed senior foreign ministry official released later Friday, Qatar called allegations made by the quartet against it false and tantamount to "defamation in contradiction with the established foundations of global relations".

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