Sunday, July 2, 2017

As Saudi/GCC Deadline Passes, Qatar Says It Will Answer Demands, Warns It Is Ready To Defend Itself, Has Hired Swiss Attorneys

From Gulf news:

Qatar to respond to demands on Monday
Further sanctions possible as Qatar foreign minister says demands were made to be rejected  
Dubai/Doha: Qatar faces possible further sanctions by Arab states that have severed ties with Doha over links to terrorism, as a deadline to accept their demands expires on Sunday night.

Qatari Foreign Minister Shaikh Mohammad Bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani said the demands were made to be rejected, adding that the Arab ultimatum was aimed not at tackling terrorism but at curtailing his country’s sovereignty.

State news agency QNA reported that he would inform the ruler of mediator Kuwait, of Qatar’s response on Monday.

Shaikh Mohammad earlier told reporters in Rome that Doha remained ready to discuss the grievances of its Arab neighbours.

“This list of demands is made to be rejected. It’s not meant to be accepted or ... to be negotiated,” Shaikh Mohammad said....MORE
From al-Jazeera, June 29:

Qatar to hire Swiss lawyers to sue Gulf blockade states
Rights body says Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain are 'responsible to compensate' those hit by the anti-Qatar measures.
Qatar's National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) says it will employ a Swiss law firm to seek compensation for those affected by a decision of Gulf countries to cut ties with Doha and impose a blockade against it.

NHRC chairman Ali Bin Smaikh al-Marri said the rights body would take action against Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain, which severed diplomatic and trade relations with Qatar more than three weeks ago, sparking the worst Gulf crisis in decades.

"We'll be coordinating to start legal action with those affected by these sanctions," Marri told a news conference.

"The three countries are responsible to compensate those affected," he said, adding that many Qataris qualified for compensation.

"Some cases will be filed in courts in those three countries and in some courts that have international jurisdictions, like in Europe, related to compensation."...MORE

Finally, at SkyNews:
21:28, UK, Sunday 02 July 2017
Qatar ready to defend itself from Gulf neighbours