Writing in the London-based pan-Arab daily paper Asharq Al Awsat, Saudi columnist Abdulrahman Al Rashed said the four countries are adamant on divorce this time around, as Qatar has already failed to keep its promises back in 2014.
The diplomatic spat which has threatened the stability of the Gulf is one of the worst in decades, experts have warned.
The diplomatic crisis, the worst since the 1990 invasion of Kuwait by Iraq and the subsequent Gulf War, has seen Arab nations and others cut ties to Qatar, which hosts a major United States military base and will be the host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Qatar has denied the allegations.
Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards, a powerful branch of the country’s military, vowed revenge for the attacks and blamed them on longstanding regional rival Saudi Arabia.
Nawaz Sharif‘s office issued a statement following his return from Saudi Arabia, where the Pakistani premier, accompanied by army chief Gen. Qatar Airways was forced to cancel direct flights to those countries, which serve as a significant source of passenger traffic for the airline. A number of countries in Africa are not in favour of taking a strong stand against Qatar since they have good ties with that country which is ambitious to play a bigger role in world affairs.
The diplomatic crisis, the worst since the 1990 invasion of Kuwait by Iraq and the subsequent Gulf War, has seen Arab nations and others cut ties to Qatar, which hosts a major USA military base and will be the host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
While Saudi Arabia has been threatened by the group, officials in the region and their Western counterparts have claimed ISIS receives funding from backers inside the Kingdom as well as from other rich Middle Eastern countries. For Somalia, each of the Gulf nations is important for its own economic interests and siding with one or the other camp in the rift could seriously harm its own possibilities. But it is easier said than done because the Horn of Africa nation has a key relationship with Qatar which has played a significant role in mediating local disputes. Qatar said Monday, June 12, 2017, that it had begun shipping cargo through Oman to bypass Gulf countries that have cut off sea and land routes to the tiny, energy-rich nation, the latest move by Doha to show it can survive a diplomatic dispute with its neighbors.
Qatar’s port authority published video Monday showing a ship arriving at Doha’s Hamad Port from Oman’s port of Sohar.
Ankara restored its frayed relations with Saudi Arabia after the incumbent King Salman came to power, but ties with the UAE and Egypt remain frosty.