WTO panel rules Saudi Arabia’s national security defense justified in Qatar broadcasting dispute

A World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute panel released its report Tuesday. (AFP/File)
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Updated 17 June 2020

WTO panel rules Saudi Arabia’s national security defense justified in Qatar broadcasting dispute

  • WTO panel acknowledged that Saudi Arabia seeks to protect Saudi Arabia from the threats of terrorism

GENEVA: A World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute panel released its report Tuesday ruling against Qatar, and finding that Saudi Arabia’s national security defense was justified under WTO rules. 

The WTO panel acknowledged that Saudi Arabia “seeks to protect Saudi citizens and the Saudi population, Saudi government institutions, and the territory of Saudi Arabia from the threats of terrorism and extremism” raised by Qatar in the region.

The panel also found that Saudi Arabia's comprehensive actions were “taken in time of… other emergency in international relations,” based on extensive evidence presented to the WTO tribunal by Saudi Arabia regarding Qatar's violations of regional agreements and commitments to renounce support for violence and unrest in the region.

Saudi Arabia also confirmed to the panel that it provides strong protection of intellectual property rights, including criminal procedures and penalties in cases where credible evidence is available to the Government to support the initiation of proceedings.

In addition to accepting Saudi Arabia’s national security defense, the panel rejected Qatar’s remaining claims that Saudi law violated WTO rules, and rejected claims that the Saudi government supported the alleged copyright piracy. Out of six claims by Qatar, the panel’s single finding regarding criminal proceedings was rendered moot in the course of the WTO dispute.

Saudi Arabia has a strong record of protecting intellectual property and is committed to applying its national law and procedures in full conformity with WTO rules.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will spare no effort to overcome the threats of terrorism and extremism, and Saudi Arabia is pleased that the Panel recognized its sovereign rights in this regard.


Saudi Arabia announces 15 more COVID-19 deaths

Updated 25 October 2020

Saudi Arabia announces 15 more COVID-19 deaths

  • The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom has increased to 331,330
  • A total of 5,296 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far

LONDON: Saudi Arabia announced 15 deaths from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and 323 new infections on Sunday.
Of the new cases, 62 were recorded in Madinah, 41 in Riyadh, 29 in Yanbu, 24 in Makkah, 9 in Jeddah and 6 in Dammam.
The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom increased to 331,330 after 335 more patients recovered from the virus.
A total of 5,296 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far.