WTO to hear Qatar’s complaint against UAE over blockade
GENEVA - Agence France-Presse
Qatar turned to the WTO in August, insisting it was the victim of an “illegal siege” perpetrated by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, which have cut ties with Doha over its links to Iran and accusations that it supports extremists.
Last month Doha made an initial request for a DSB to hear its case against the UAE. Abu Dhabi rejected that bid.
“The WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body agreed today, 22 November, to establish a panel to rule on Qatar’s complaint regarding various measures imposed by the United Arab Emirates restricting trade in goods and services with Qatar and the protection of Qatari intellectual property rights”, a statement from the Geneva-based trade body said.
It was not immediately clear why Qatar is pursuing the UAE case separately from its complaints against Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, after initially filing a joint case against the three nations.
The WTO’s dispute settlement process can take months, if not years, with initial rulings typically subject to appeal.
Doha categorically denies that it supports extremism. The gas-rich emirate has pivoted closer to Saudi arch-rival Iran through the crisis.