TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - Omar Ghobash told the British daily The Guardian on Wednesday that the possible expulsion of Qatar from the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) was “not the only sanction available” as “certain economic sanctions…are being considered right now.”
He further noted that a reduction in commercial ties with the countries, which continue to trade with Qatar, is among the measures being considered against the monarchy.
“One possibility would be to impose conditions on our own trading partners and say you want to work with us then you have got to make a commercial choice,” he said. “If Qatar was not willing to accept the demands, it is a case of ‘Goodbye Qatar’ we do not need you in our tent anymore.”
Ghobash also accused Doha of taking positions “inconsistent” with other GCC member states.
On June 5, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt imposed a trade and diplomatic embargo on Qatar, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism, an allegation rejected by the Qatari government.
They put 12 organizations and 59 people associated with Qatar on a terror sanctions list.
On June 23, the Saudi-led bloc presented Qatar with a list of 13 wide-ranging demands and gave it 10 days to comply with them or face unspecified consequences.