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Qatar Filed WTO Complaint Against Three Gulf Countries

Qatar filed a wide-ranging legal complaint at the World Trade Organization to challenge a trade boycott by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.

“Qatar has requested WTO dispute consultations with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia concerning measures adopted by the three countries which allegedly restrict trade in goods and services from Qatar, and trade-related intellectual property rights,” the WTO said in a statement on its website.

In the complaints against each country, Qatar accused them of adopting measures that are “coercive attempts at economic isolation”.

Recently, Qatar have lodged the complaints. The Office of the State of Qatar to the WTO in Geneva, in accordance with Article IV of the Understanding on Dispute Settlement in the Organisation, requested for the formal consultations by detailing all the violations committed by the siege countries against Qatar, in contravention of various conventions overseen by the WTO.

A request for consultations formally initiates a dispute in the WTO. Consultations give the parties an opportunity to discuss the matter and find a satisfactory solution without proceeding further with litigation. After 60 days, if consultations fail to resolve the dispute, the complainant may request adjudication by a panel, according to the WTO website.

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