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Qatar refuses to sign GCC committee report

London, August 21, 2014

Qatar has refused to sign a final report by a GCC committee monitoring the implementation of a Riyadh agreement on ending diplomatic dispute between Doha and other member states, a senior Gulf diplomat said yesterday.

He told Asharq Al Awsat newspaper that Qatar is not serious about implementing the agreement, which bans GCC states from supporting terror-related activities, interfering in the domestic affairs of member states, or adopting policies harmful to them, said a report in the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication.

The agreement also includes a ban on Qatar granting citizenship to Bahrain’s nationals, and a call for “amending the conditions of those whose naturalisation process had been suspended.”

The report, compiled by a technical committee, is expected to be discussed by a GCC ministerial council in Jeddah on Sunday.

Despite Doha’s claim that it has “done all that is required of it,” GCC foreign ministers have insisted Qatar should back up its words with deeds, the official added.

The newspaper quoted sources as saying the GCC has considered slapping sanctions on Qatar, and more discussions are expected in the next 48 hours. - TradeArabia News Servie




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