Saeed Al Nowais: UAE rejects Qatar's accusation of discrimination

"The UAE completely rejects Qatar’s allegations, all of which are without any merit or basis. Qatar has put forward no credible evidence to substantiate any of these claims," the UAE Ambassador to the Netherlands, Saeed Al Nowais, told the International Court for Justice on Thursday.

 The National reported.

According to the report by The National, Doha filed a complaint in the ICJ on Wednesday alleging that the UAE boycott of Qatar violated the International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination, to which both countries are signatories. Doha is asking the court to intervene and hand down provisional measures against the alleged discrimination as well as order "full reparation, including compensation for the harm suffered as a result of the UAE's actions".

The UAE along with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt imposed a trade and travel ban on Qatar on June 5 last year over Doha's support for terrorist groups such as Al Qaeda, Al Nusra Front, ISIS and the Muslim Brotherhood, as well as extremists militias in countries such as Libya, Syria and Somalia.

"We recognise that the Qatari people have no responsibility for the dangerous policies of their government, which is why the UAE’s measures against the Qatari government are carefully designed to have the least possible impact on ordinary people," the state news agency Wam quoted Mr Al Nowais as telling the court in The Hague.

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