Exclusive: Qatar launches wide-ranging WTO complaint against trade boycott


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 Exclusive: Qatar launches wide-ranging WTO complaint against trade boycott

Men stand near an artwork depicting Qatars Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani after it was unveiled by Qatar Airways in Doha

Qatar filed a wide-ranging legal complaint at the World Trade Organization on Monday to challenge a trade boycott by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates, Qatar's WTO representative Ali Alwaleed al-Thani told Reuters.

By formally "requesting consultations" with the three countries, the first step in a trade dispute, Qatar triggered a 60 day deadline for them to settle the complaint or face litigation at the WTO and potential retaliatory trade sanctions.

Qatar is also raising the boycott at a meeting of the U.N. International Civil Aviation Organization on Monday, al-Thani said.

(Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Alison Williams)

By: Reuters

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