Yesterday, The World Trade Organization (WTO) said that Qatar has requested it dispute consultations with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. The details of the complaints were revealed by WTO outlined from the Doha delegation.
To challenge the trade blockade by Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain, Qatar filed its wide-ranging complaints at the WTO on Monday. Now, the WTO had to allow relevant documents to circulate before formally announcing the procedure.
On June 5, the three blockading countries, along with Egypt, severed diplomatic ties with Qatar. The complaints are regarding the measures adopted by the three nations restricting trade in goods and services, and trade-related intellectual property rights, the WTO said in a statement.
“The request for consultations formally initiates a dispute in the WTO. Consultations allow the parties an opportunity to discuss the complaint and to find a satisfactory solution without proceeding further with litigation. After 60 days, if consultations have failed to resolve the dispute, the complainant may request adjudication by a WTO panel. Qatar said in documents that the measures prohibit or restrict the import, export, sale, purchase, license, transfer, receipt and shipment of goods originating in, transiting through, to or from Qatar.
The documents said “the coercive attempts at economic isolation” entail acts and omissions through which the UAE bans Qatari nationals from travelling to and remaining in the UAE to provide services, as well as bans on the provision of services by Qatari service suppliers established in the UAE.
They include bans on the supply of services from Qatar to consumers of the UAE as well as prohibitions on nationals of the UAE to travel to and remain in Qatar in order to consume Qatari services.
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