By Mohammed Aly Sergie Almost a year after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut ties with Qatar, the gas-rich country made a decision to stop consuming goods from its rivals.
Qatar has issued a directive to find new suppliers for the variety of goods impacted due to the blockade to protect the safety of consumers in the country and to combat improper trafficking of goods.
Qatar on Saturday asked its shops to remove goods from four countries that severed diplomatic relations with them last June, AFP reported. Inspectors will visit stores to ensure compliance with the order, the economy ministry said.
Saudi and UAE officials have said that Doha has yet to meet 13 demands made by the four states, including closing the state-funded Al Jazeera television station and reducing ties to Iran. Qatar, which had many of its imports trans-shipped from the UAE and received the bulk of its fresh food across the Saudi border, denied the accusations against it. Then, Saudi Arabia accused Qatar of "supporting terrorism" and allying itself with Iran, a major rival for several Sunni-majority Gulf nations.
Since last June, some foods and other products from the embargo states have continued to find their way into Qatar through third countries.
These measures impacted all goods passing across (or that could pass across), the Government Communication Office said in a statement.
"The information in our hands today does not indicate any glimmer of hope for a solution now, as the matter does not happen suddenly", Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifah told the London-based Saudi-owned Asharq al-Awsat newspaper on Sunday.