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DP World bans ships going to or from Qatar from UAE terminals
07 June 2017
Dubai-based global ports operator DP World said on Tuesday that ships going to or arriving from Qatar will not be allowed to dock at any of its terminals in the United Arab Emirates until further notice.
The decision came after Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt severed ties to Qatar, accusing the wealthy Gulf Arab state of supporting terrorism.
“In line with the UAE government’s recent decision on severing diplomatic ties with the State of Qatar, DP World confirms that vessels with the flag of Qatar or vessels destined to or arriving from Qatar are not allowed to call at any DP World terminals in the UAE until further notice,” a DP World spokesperson said in an email statement to Thomson Reuters Projects.
On Monday, DP World said it was still “assessing the situation” and “working closely with government authorities” after the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and other Arab states announced the closure of transport ties with Qatar.
UAE national news agency WAM reported last month that Dubai’s trade with Qatar grew 92 percent in the period from 2011 to 2016, reaching 15 billion UAE dirhams ($4.08 billion) last year, according to Sultan bin Sulayem, DP World group chairman. The figures were released during a meeting with a Qatari delegation headed by Ahmed Abdullah Al Jamal, chairman of Qatar Customs Authority.
Zawya, a Thomson Reuters website, reported on Monday that some residents in Doha had begun stockpiling food and supplies after Saudi Arabia closed its land border with Qatar. Qatar imports around 40 percent of its food supplies through its only land border with Saudi Arabia, according to a report by the BBC.
Qatar’s foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said in comments to Qatar-based Al Jazeera television on Tuesday that Doha was ready for mediation efforts, adding that Qatar’s ruler Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani had delayed a speech in order to give Kuwait a chance to ease regional tensions.
The minister told Al Jazeera that Qatar “believes such differences between sister countries must be resolved through dialogue.”
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