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04/08/2017 - 16:01hs

Qatar files complaint with WTO against neighbors

The country has requested consultations with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates on measures which purportedly restrict its trade in goods and services.

São Paulo – Qatar has filed complaints with the World Trade Organization (WTO) against Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. The WTO announced this Friday (4) that Qatar has requested consultations with its neighboring countries on measures that allegedly restrict its trade in goods and services.

Early last June, the three Gulf countries and Egypt announced the severing of diplomatic ties with Qatar and restrictions on flows of people, goods and vehicles to and from Qatari territory, under claims that Qatar supports terrorism, which it denies. Besides the embargoes, the group has made several demands to be met by the Qatari government if relations are to go back to normal.

The WTO said consultation requests are usually the first step in dispute between its member countries. The process leads to discussions that may in turn lead to a solution, avoiding actual litigation. If an agreement isn’t reached in 60 days, the complainant country can request a WTO panel to settle the dispute.

*Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum

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