Qatar rejected a deal with a Gulf state alliance, and now it wants “compensation” for any monetary losses individuals or businesses face during the blockade.
The Gulf state of Qatar recently rejected a deal that would have ended the diplomatic standoff between the tiny, wealthy nation and several of its neighbors.
Now, though, Qatar is doubling down, promising individuals and businesses they can win monetary compensation for any losses Qataris sustain during the standoff.
Qatar rejected a deal with four of its neighbors – Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt – a few weeks ago. Those four countries have accused Qatar of funding extremists and terrorist groups and of backing Iran.
The standoff shows no signs of ending. Qatar rejected 13 demands by the Saudi-led alliance to end the crisis, a move the allies say demonstrates its links to terrorist groups. The Saudi-led grouping pledged new political, economic and legal measures against the Gulf nation.
The bloc demanded that Qatar scale back ties with Iran, the Shiite Muslim powerhouse that’s the main rival to Saudi Arabia in the region, sever relations with the Muslim Brotherhood and shut the Al Jazeera media network that’s riled governments throughout the Middle East.
After the deal fell through, though, Qatar aimed for divisiveness rather than cooperation or compromise. CNN Money reported on Monday that Qatar is promising individuals and businesses it can win monetary compensation for any losses they sustain during the blockade.
From CNN Money‘s Rishi Iyengar and Zahraa Alkhalisi:
Qatar plans to help citizens and companies claim compensation for their losses from what the country calls a “blockade” by its neighbors.
The small Gulf nation on Sunday announced the formation of a special committee with which individuals and firms can file claims for damages. The committee will help legally pursue the claims, according to Qatar’s justice ministry.
Only time will tell if Qatar comes back to the negotiating table, but their tactics on Monday suggest that’s a long way off.
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