Qatar’s government said Sunday it is forming a committee to pursue compensation for damages stemming from its isolation by four Arab countries. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut diplomatic ties and severed air, land and sea links with natural gas-rich Qatar last month, accusing it of a list of grievances, including supporting extremism. Qatar has denied the allegations and has characterized the bloc’s ultimatums as an affront to its sovereignty.
Members of the newly formed committee include Qatar’s minister of justice and minister of foreign affairs. Qatari Public Prosecutor Ali Al-Marri said that the body would use both domestic and international mechanisms to seek compensation, and will hire overseas law firms to handle its claims.
“You have people who have sustained damages, businessmen who have sustained damages, banks which have sustained damages, as a result of this blockade,” he said. “And those who compelled these damages to happen must pay compensation for them.”