Qatar bans goods from Arab Quartet

Doha: Almost a year after Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt cut ties with Qatar, the country has decided to stop consuming goods from the Arab Quartet.

Qatar’s economy ministry ordered shops to strip shelves of products imported from the four countries, according to a circular sent on Saturday. Inspectors will visit stores to ensure compliance with the ban.

A spokesperson for Qatar’s economy ministry didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt cut economic and diplomatic ties with Qatar on June 5, accusing the country of financing terrorist groups and having close ties with Iran. The row has led to a regional polarisation between Qatar, Iran and Turkey on the one side, and the Arab Quartet and other countries on the other. The rift forced Qatar to shift import routes to Kuwait and Oman, and buy goods from Iran and Turkey.


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