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Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt have cut diplomatic, transport and trade ties with Qatar, the world’s top seller of liquefied natural gas, accusing it of financing terrorism.
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The Qatari decision comes amidst a row between Doha and fellow Gulf Cooperation Council members Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE.
Instead of calming down, the situation in the Gulf is becoming even more complicated. It is likely that the crisis will go on for a while still, and new relations will emerge from it.
Nationals from dozens of countries in Europe and elsewhere including India and the US only need present a valid passport to enter the country.
Qatar filed a wide-ranging legal complaint at the World Trade Organisation on Monday to challenge a trade boycott by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates.
The visit to Gulf heads of states is an attempt to ease the pressure on Turkey’s ally Qatar, where, under a 2014 agreement, it maintains a military base.
Qatar’s emir called in a televised speech for dialogue to resolve the crisis pitting his country against four Arab states, but the talk is unlikely to end the rift.
The blockade enforced on June 5 on Qatar by its neighbours Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain was a disaster waiting to happen.
The UAE, on its part, has labelled the Washington Post report untrue and said that four Arab powers were discussing imposing new sanctions on Qatar.
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Tillerson met Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, to discuss Doha’s feud with four Arab states that cut ties with Qatar on June 5 over allegations it funds extremist groups
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani signed the agreement, but the four Arab states which placed sanctions on Qatar said they intend to keep close watch on its efforts to combat terrorism.
The Arab states claim that the publication of the previously secret accord between Riyadh and Doha showed Qatar broke a promise not to meddle in the affairs of Gulf countries.
Islamic State militants are waging an insurgency in the rugged, thinly populated Sinai Peninsula, killing hundreds of soldiers and police since 2013.
A month of sanctions imposed on Qatar by Arab neighbours that accuse Doha of supporting militants has galvanised patriotic feelings and fear among Qataris.
The Arab countries have demanded Qatar curtail its support for the Muslim Brotherhood, shut down Al Jazeera, close a Turkish military base and downgrade its relations with rival Iran.
Foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Bahrain will consider whether to escalate, or less likely abandon, the boycott imposed on Qatar.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain were due to meet on Wednesday to decide whether to continue sanctions they imposed on Qatar.
The talk took place ahead of a meeting between the foreign ministers of the four countries, including Egypt, that have cut diplomatic and commercial ties with Qatar.
The countries have threatened sanctions against Qatar if it does not comply with their list of 13 demands presented to Doha through Kuwait ten days ago.
The feud erupted last month when Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt severed diplomatic and travel ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism and being an ally of regional foe Iran.
Qatar faces further sanctions by Arab states over alleged terrorism links as deadline to accept demands set to expire Sunday with no resolution in sight.
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UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression David Kaye claimed this demand of the Saudi-led coalition against Qatar was a blow against media pluralism in the Middle East.
Saudi foreign minister said that there would be no negotiations over demands by the kingdom and other Arab states for Qatar to stop supporting terrorism.
“Tehran stands with the Qatari nation and government… We believe that if there is a conflict between regional countries, pressure, threats or sanctions are not the right way to resolve differences.”
The demands include curbing ties with Iran and shutting down the news agency Al Jazeera.
The demands include closing Al Jazeera television, reducing ties to their regional adversary Iran and closing of a Turkish military base in Qatar.
In an attempt to remove the closures of airways, Qatar has approached the UN International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
The claim stands at odds with President Trump’s undiplomatic accusations against the nation even as his own State and Defence departments try to strike a neutral chord.
Migrants say they fear the diplomatic crisis will leave them destitute, jobless and trapped in the Gulf.
Even as Kuwait mediates discussions, the leaders say they will not keep ties with a country supporting Islamist extremism and their arch enemy, Iran.
The crisis among the Gulf countries, after their have isolation of Qatar, is a major diplomatic test for the US, a close ally of countries on both sides.
Saudi Arabia, UAE and others are clamping down on anyone who shows sympathy or support for Qatar.
The trigger of the current crisis was ostensibly a recent speech by Qatar’s emir, but geopolitics sheds more light.
With the borders closed and flights suspended from many Gulf countries, the residents feel trapped, and are preparing for an impending shortage of resources in the import-dependent country.
As the Gulf states mount pressure on Qatar to choose between supporting ‘Islamist militants’ or the GCC, the US, UN and Kuwait offer a helping hand.
The announcement increases pressure on Qatar in a diplomatic and economic campaign to isolate the small Gulf Arab state accused of supporting terrorism.