Qatar bans goods from Arab rivals 1 year into diplomatic crisis

Qatar bans goods from Arab rivals 1 year into diplomatic crisis

Qatar on Saturday asked its shops to remove goods from four countries that severed diplomatic relations with them last June, AFP reported. Inspectors will be visiting shops to ensure compliance. The economy expanded faster than most of its neighbors last year and is expected to outperform this year, according to International Monetary Fund data.

"To protect the safety of consumers in the State of Qatar and to combat improper trafficking of goods, the government issued a directive to find new suppliers of the variety of goods impacted".

"Products originating from blockading states, which as a result of the blockade can not pass the GCC customs territory, have to undergo proper import inspections and customs procedures", Qatar's Government Communications Office (GCO) said in a statement.

The order comes just days before the anniversary of a bitter Gulf crisis.

"This state has put one of its citizens on the terrorism list, and after a few days they attend his son's wedding", he said, referring to Abdulrahman Al-Nuaimi who was labeled a terrorist by the USA government in December 2013, and the United Nations in September 2014, for providing financial support to terrorist organizations.

Qatar said it was banning products originating from the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain, nearly a year after those states imposed an embargo on Doha, accusing it of supporting terrorism, a charge Qatar vehemently denies.

"Out of all the Gulf countries, we have the most historical disagreements with Qatar, but we are always trying to convince the brothers the size of the problems we face".

He reiterated that there is no blockade on Qatar and said Doha's "relationship with the world is their [business]".

After shoring up ties in Western capitals and spending billions on weapons, Qatar plans to retool its economy to attract foreign investment and build a financial hub for companies in Iran, Iraq, Turkey and Pakistan, Bloomberg said.

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