Rania Tadros Partner
Qatar: Recent updates
On 22 June Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain issued a stringent list of demands to Qatar. These were presented to Qatar by Kuwait, acting as a mediator. It is reported that Qatar must meet these 13 demands in order for the “sanctions” to be lifted.
The demands are as follows:
> Reduce ties with Iran
> Cut ties with all terrorist organisations, such as the Muslim Brotherhood
> Close down global news organisation, Al-Jazeera and any affiliates
> Shut down news outlets funded by Qatar: Arabi21, Rassad, Al Araby, Al-Jadeed and Middle East Eye
> Terminate the Turkish military presence in Qatar and joint cooperation with Turkey outside of Qatar, with immediate effect
> Stop any means of funding for those designated as terrorists by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, Bahrain, the US and others
> Hand over any terrorists and wanted individuals from Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain to their country of origin, as well as freezing their assets and providing information on their residency, movements and finances
> End interference in sovereign countries’ internal affairs. Stop granting citizenship to wanted Saudi, UAE, Egyptian and Bahraini nationals. Revoke Qatari citizenship for existing nationals where such citizenship violates those countries’ laws
> Sever contact with political opposition in Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain
> Pay reparations for loss of life and financial losses caused by Qatar’s policies in recent years
> Align itself with other Gulf and Arab countries in terms of their military, political, social and economic policies
> Agree to all demands within 10 days
> Consent to monthly audits for the first year, once per quarter for the second year and every year for the following 10 years
As the situation changes regularly, please refer back to this page where we will update you on anything new in the region and the subsequent legal implications. If you would like further information on the unfolding crisis and how this may affect your operations in the region please contact Rania Tadros, Managing Partner in Dubai.
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