Corruption: Qatar warns of 'negative impact' of European measures
Eva Kaili met with the Qatari Minister of Labor, Al Marri, on October 31.
The European Parliament's measures against Qatar, whose access to the assembly could be blocked in connection with an alleged corruption case, will have a “negative impact” on the relations with the rich gas emirate and the world's energy supply, warned Doha on Sunday.
The opening of an investigation in Brussels aimed in particular at the x27;Greek MEP Eva Kaili, suspected of having been paid by Qatar to defend the interests of the country which currently hosts the World Cup, has shaken the institution.
Thursday in Strasbourg, MEPs voted almost unanimously for a text in which they urge the suspension of access permits for representatives of Qatari interests during the x27;survey. The decision rests with the President of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola.
The decision to impose such a discriminatory restriction on Qatar, limiting dialogue and cooperation before the end of the legal process, will have a negative impact on regional and global security cooperation, as well as on ongoing discussions. on global energy scarcity and security, a Qatari diplomat reacted on Sunday.
Qatar is one of the world's leading producers of liquefied natural gas (LNG), with the United States and Australia.
Since the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, it is increasingly courted by European countries, looking for an alternative to Russian gas.
Saying their dismay at acts of corruption and alleged money laundering, MEPs also decided to suspend all work on legislative files relating to Qatar, primarily those concerning visa liberalization for Qatar and Kuwait as well as an aviation agreement.
Qatar, which firmly rejects the charges against it, regrets the judgments based on inaccurate information revealed by leaks, without waiting for the conclusion of the investigation, the Qatari diplomat said in a statement.
The criticisms and attacks exclusively target Qatar, although it is not the only country named in the investigation opened by Belgium, a he estimated.
In response to a journalist, the President of Parliament, Roberta Metsola, said on Thursday that she had two meetings with representatives of the Qatari government in Brussels and had refused the request of the Gulf country to address the European Parliament.
She also said she declined an invitation from Qatar to attend the soccer World Cup, citing her concerns about that country.
The emirate's alleged involvement in the scandal, and the many controversies surrounding the World Cup — over respect for human rights or ecology — have not deterred the president Frenchman, Emmanuel Macron, to travel to Doha to take part in the final between France and Argentina on Sunday.
He had already attended the France-Morocco semi-final Wednesday.
Despite suspicion, Qatar was able to organize the Soccer World Cup which ends this Sunday.
In the statement issued on Sunday, Qatar underlined its strong ties with many countries of the European Union, expressing its gratitude to those who have demonstrated their commitment to these relations in the face of the wave of current attacks.
The em irat, on the other hand, denounced the lack of cooperation from the Belgian government, which it said was a close partner and a major supplier of liquefied natural gas.