Arab Blockade: Qatar to seek compensation for damages

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In a move that could further weaken relations between Qatar and Arab countries, the Qatar government said that it will be forming a committee to look into compensation that can be demanded from Arab countries.

The four Arab states have cut diplomatic and transport ties with Qatar, which they also accuse of allying with their regional arch-foe Iran.

Qatar rejected the demands claiming they were an infringement on its sovereignty.

The demands included shutting down the Doha-based Al Jazeera broadcaster, scaling back cooperation with Iran, closing the Turkish military base in Qatar, and paying an unspecified sum in reparations.

The UK Foreign Minister stressed his country's support to Kuwait's mediation efforts, led by Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Jaber al-Sabah, to resolve the crisis.

The contents of the letter have not been disclosed, but the anti-Qatar bloc described it as "negative" and failing to appreciate the gravity of the situation.

Protesters march in Ottawa on Saturday
Protesters march in Ottawa on Saturday

His comments came after Saudi Arabia and its allies promised greater sanctions against Qatar, after announcing last month they would sever formal links with their neighbor which they accused it of supporting terrorism.

It went on to say that Qatar "is an active member committed to worldwide conventions in combating terrorism and its financing at the regional and global levels".

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson listens as Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir delivers remarks to the media on June 13, 2017, shortly before their meeting in Washington, DC. He is expected to visit Kuwait on Monday, leaving open the possibility he may shuttle among the various countries involved.

"We've become increasingly concerned that the dispute is at an impasse at this point", The Post quoted State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert as saying.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is in Saudi Arabia for the first in a series of meetings with Gulf leaders over the region's political crisis.

Saudi Arabia's Minister of Culture and Information Dr Awwad Al Awwad, has said that Qatar runs 23,000 fake Twitter accounts that have attacked Saudi Arabia, including an account run by Saudi dissident Saad Al Faqih who resides in London, according to Al Arabiya website.

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