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Gulf crisis: Qatar to seek compensation for damages caused by Arab blockade

10 July 2017

Qatar yesterday announced it was establishing a committee to pursue compensation claims potentially worth billions of dollars over the country's "blockade" by Gulf states.

Meanwhile, Jarallah mentioned that his meeting with British Minister of State for the Middle East and North Africa Alistair Burt earlier was "positive" and "beneficial" for both sides, adding that it addressed the ongoing Gulf dispute and Britain's support of the Kuwaiti efforts to contain and end the dispute.

Doha also expressed its readiness to "cooperate and review all claims that do not contradict the sovereignty of the State of Qatar".

Sheikh Mohamed discussed with Johnson the latest developments of the siege laid on Qatar and all the illegal measures taken against Qatar. They did not specify what those steps could include, though officials have previously suggested they could intensify efforts to isolate Qatar economically.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut diplomatic ties and severed air, land and sea links with Qatar last month.

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The demands included shutting down the Doha-based Al Jazeera broadcaster, scaling back cooperation with Iran, closing the Turkish military base in Qatar, and paying an unspecified sum in reparations. That might have a negative impact on Qatar's sovereign credit fundamentals.

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". To date, none of the bloc countries have provided evidence to support their allegations.

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Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has flown to Kuwait and Qatar to try and bring an end to the diplomatic crisis in the Gulf region.

Gargash added: "The Qatari response attempted to neglect two decades of supporting chaos, financing extremism and inciting terrorism; how can we forget conspiracy and painful facts, and believe empty words?" He is expected to visit Qatar and Kuwait during his trip.

Gulf crisis: Qatar to seek compensation for damages caused by Arab blockade