Business Insider – The US Department of Commerce said Wednesday that it has barred all imports from Qatar, a move that would include food and beverage products.
“The U.S. Government of the United States of America will not allow any U.K.-based business to import any products from Qatar.
The importation of Qataris food, food products, beverages, or other goods, regardless of origin, constitutes an illegal act,” the US Department said in a statement.
“The U of S will also not allow the importation or export of any goods from Qatar for any purpose whatsoever.”
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“This is the worst move I have seen in my 20 years of working in the United Kingdom,” said Jazmine Sajjad, who runs a travel agency in London and lives in Qatar.
“I have been doing business in the U. K. for over 20 years and this is the first time in my life I have been forced to leave.
I will be taking legal action against them.””
I cannot work in the UK, I have to be in the US.
This is absolutely unacceptable,” Sajad said.
“It’s not fair.”
The UK has been embroiled in a diplomatic row with Qatar, which is home to the 2022 World Cup and the 2022 Asian Cup, which Qatar hosts.
The move by the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar and Saudi Arabia was welcomed by Qatar’s tourism minister.
“We hope the UAE will understand the importance of Qatar’s bid to host the 2022 Summer Olympics, the 2022 Women’s World Cup, and the 2020 Olympic Games,” Khaled Al-Attiyah said in the statement.
The UAE, which has a population of more than a million, is home not only to the Olympics but also to the Women’s European Championship and the Arab League.
The UAE is also home to several international soccer tournaments, including the 2018 World Cup.
The United States also announced its move to ban the sale of all goods from the country.
“We will continue to closely monitor developments in Qatar and the wider Middle East region,” a spokesperson for the Department of State said in an emailed statement.
The department did not say when the ban would take effect.