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Qatar claiming billions over the country’s “blockade” by Gulf states

DOHA: On June 5, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt announced they had cut all ties with Qatar, accusing Doha of supporting Islamist extremists. The four countries pulled their diplomats from Qatar, suspended all flights to and from Doha and ordered all Qataris to repatriate within 14 days. Qatar has said thousands of its citizens have been affected by the isolation measures in what has emerged as the worst diplomatic crisis to hit the Gulf in recent years.

On Sunday Qatar announced that  they establishing a committee to pursue compensation claims worth almost billions of dollars over the country’s “blockade” by Gulf states. Continue reading

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Will do everything required for safety of Indians in Qatar: Sushma Swaraj

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday said the government would do everything possible for the safety and well-being of Indians in Qatar which has been battling economic sanctions from a number of Arab countries.

“Please do not worry. We will do everything required for the safety and well being of our countrymen. We are in touch with our Ambassador,” Swaraj tweeted. Continue reading

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Qatar cut off, 7 lakh Indians could be hit

New Delhi/Dubai :  7 countries led by Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, on Monday severed ties with Qatar, accusing it of backing terrorism and opening up a rift among some of the most powerful Arab states that could have repercussions for the Indian economy and expatriates.

Bahrain was the first to snap ties, followed by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, Yemen, Libya and the Maldives. They accused Qatar of backing groups such as al-qaeda, Islamic state and the Muslim Brotherhood and pushing policies that were destabilishing the region.

Qatar denied the accusations and expressed ” regret and utter surprise” at the coordinated move by the countries that the key players in OPEC and the Gulf Cooperation Council(GCC).

The Foreign ministry criticised the ” unjustified measures” and said there was a ” smear campaign” to harm Qatar.

As Saudi Arabia closed its borders and snapped land, air and sea links, residents rushed to supermarkets to stock up on food, Doha News reported.

People stocked up on water, Milk, meat, rice and photographs of empty chiller shelves circulated on social media, though the Qatari foreign ministry said the border closing would not affect normal life.

Qatar is home to an estimated 700,000 Indians– whose remittances in 2015 were worth $3.98 billion– and sources said there was “no panic” in the expatriate community. ” People are stocking up but there’s nothing to worry about,” a source said.

Indian authorities were keeping a close watch on food supplies and flights in and out Doha against the backdrop of increasing enquiries from Indian Nationals about the situation.

 

 

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