United Kingdom foreign minister urges Arab states to end Qatar boycott

Posted July 10, 2017

Riyadh:Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain say they are ready to adopt more punitive measures against Qatar, following Doha's rejection of their demands to end an ongoing feud.

"While Qatar's hydrocarbon exports are not affected at this stage, there have been reports of disruptions to certain non-hydrocarbon exports and a forced shutdown of helium production", said Steffen Dyck, Senior Credit Officer, Sovereign Risk Group of Moody's.

Shoukry briefed the Kuwaiti minister on outcome of the meeting of the foreign ministers of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, which were held in Cairo.

The UAE has said that Qatar's response to the list of demands of the four boycotting countries was "irresponsible".

In a related development, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson arrived in Qatar's capital in an effort to mediate in the Gulf crisis.

He is meeting on Friday with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, and plans to travel to Qatar and Kuwait in the coming days.

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This compensation will be for the damages suffered by Qatar due to the blockade and isolation imposed by Arab nations.

The Compensation Claims Committee will be overseen by Marri, as well as officials from the ministry of foreign affairs and ministry of justice. They later issued a 10-day ultimatum to a 13-point list of demands. To date, none of the bloc countries have provided evidence to support their allegations. He said Qatari ships will be barred from using Egyptian ports and the canal's economic zone.

The Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke out against the sanctions on Doha Saturday, urging the Arab countries to apply "all diplomatic tools to resolve the Qatar crisis".

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.

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

The four countries cut diplomatic ties and severed air, land and sea links with World Cup 2022 host Qatar early last month.