Here’s what’s happened since last week’s updates: Qatar slams UAE for mixing politics with sport -- GCC Crisis Updates Week 99
Officials representing Saudi Arabia and Bahrain on Wednesday took part in the senior officials' meetings of the Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) in Doha, reported www.news.cn.
The 16th edition of the ACD kicked off in Doha, where representatives from 34 countries, including Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, attended with the objective of pushing forward mechanisms of joint action and buttressing Asian partnerships.
The event was inaugurated by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Qatar Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, who delivered an inaugural speech in which he urged building of sound relations among countries based on respect for international legitimacy.
"Disputes must be solved through peaceful means in a way guaranteeing justice, enhancing mutual confidence and achieving genuine partnerships through more effective mechanisms in the light of the Asian cooperation vision 2030," said the Qatari foreign minister.
This is the first time that Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, which boycott Qatar along with Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, attended meetings in Doha since the Gulf crisis broke out in June 2017.
The Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) will hold a special session on Friday to hear Qatar' appeal concerning the inter-state complaints against Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which imposed discriminatory measures in June 2017 that harmed its citizens, reported QNA.
The relevant committee, composed of 18 international experts from around the world, will determine the competence of the committee to consider whether or not a national complaint is to be considered, and also to consider all the conditions set forth in the Convention in order to refer the complaint to the Conciliation Commission. The Agent of Qatar to the International Court of Justice and Dean of the Law College at Qatar University Dr Mohamed Abdulaziz al-Khulaifi will submit the legal pleading in Geneva as a representative of Qatar.
Qatar has blocked the UAE’s request for the establishment of a panel during the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body meeting in Geneva, reported Qatar Tribune. The claims brought by the UAE have no justification, as Qatar has reiterated its full commitment to the agreements of the WTO.
“If the UAE goods are unable to access the Qatari market, this is solely due to its unilateral measure of imposing an unjust blockade on Qatar. We are perplexed that the UAE continues to maintain these illegal measures, yet complains about lack of market access to Qatar,” Qatar said in statement.
The statement said Qatar is surprised that the UAE has abruptly terminated consultations in the DS576 dispute and has rushed to seek the establishment of a panel.
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