Qatar Airways Demands $5 Billion In Compensation From Four Arab Countries For The Blockade
Qatari air carrier Qatar Airways has filed lawsuits in international arbitration, demanding that the four Arab states that imposed a blockade on Doha, compensation for damages caused to the company in the amount of $5 billion, according to a special statement posted on Wednesday on the official Facebook page of the airline.
It States that Qatar Airways "has filed four claims in international arbitration bodies against the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt, which in 2017 established an illegal air, sea, and land blockade against Qatar." The airline, as noted in the report, " requires from these States at least $5 billion in compensation for their illegal actions."
On July 14, the international court of justice ruled in favor of Qatar in a dispute with four Arab countries over the air blockade. In their decision, the judges "rejected the appeal of Bahrain, Egypt, the UAE, and Saudi Arabia against the decisions of the International Civil Aviation Organization [ICAO]." Besides, they recognized that "ICAO has the necessary jurisdiction in the matter of airspace and that the complaint filed by Qatar is acceptable for consideration."
In the summer of 2017, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt announced the severance of diplomatic relations with Qatar, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism and interfering in their internal Affairs; this was followed by economic sanctions and a transport blockade of the Emirate.
Countries, in particular, have closed their airspace to Qatari aviation. Qatar called the decision of its Arab neighbors unjustified and appealed to the ICAO. In response, Bahrain, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia filed a preliminary objection, stating that ICAO did not have the necessary jurisdiction to hear the case and that Qatar's claim was inadmissible. These preliminary objections were rejected by the organization. But the Gulf countries appealed the decision to the international court of justice. Now the court has ruled that ICAO has the necessary jurisdiction and can proceed with the case.