Anti-Qatar bloc threatens further steps against Gulf state

A women walks at the corniche seaside in Doha Qatar on Sunday Jan. 23 2011

Qatar's Attorney General Ali bin Fetais al-Marri announced the news during a press conference in capital Doha on Sunday, adding that the Compensation Claims Committee would be overseen by himself and senior officials from the ministries of foreign affairs and justice.

Not many details were provided about the working of the committee, but Ali said that both domestic and worldwide legal options would be utilized to seek compensation from Arab nations.

Hamburg - Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir held talks on Saturday with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on joint efforts to combat terrorism and extremism, as well as regional and worldwide developments. To date, none of the bloc countries have provided evidence to support their allegations.

Its foreign minister, Sigmar Gabriel, this week visited Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait, the mediator in the feud.

Early in June, countries suspended diplomatic relations and cut off land, sea and air travel to Qatar.




The top British diplomat expressed anxiety at the crisis between Qatar and a Saudi Arabia-led alliance of Arab countries, saying the blockade imposed on Doha is "unwelcome" and the parties need to resolve it through dialogue. "The demands of the four countries were that Qatar would comply with the Riyadh agreement signed by Qatar in 2013 and 2014 to overcome the crisis". They did not specify what those steps could include, though officials have previously suggested they could intensify efforts to isolate Qatar economically.

On June 22, the four Arab states issued a 13-point list of demands, including downgrading ties with Iran and shutting down broadcaster Al-Jazeera, as a prerequisite to lift the sanctions.

In a statement attributed to an unnamed senior foreign ministry official released later Friday, Qatar called allegations made by the quartet against it false and tantamount to "defamation in contradiction with the established foundations of worldwide relations".

It also demanded the launch of a public inquiry into foreign funding of extremism, putting pressure on the government which has so far refused to publish its own report into foreign funding of terrorism.

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