Iran urges 'dialogue' between Qatar and Gulf neighbours

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 5, 2017

How severe the impact will be on Qatar, which hosts the region's main USA military base used to launch strikes on the Islamic State group, depends on what further measures will be taken.

He added that many Qatari residents used to make daily or weekly trips to neighboring Saudi Arabia for cheaper grocery shopping.

They will also eject Qatari diplomats from their territories and plan to cut air and sea traffic.

Dubai's budget carrier FlyDubai says it has canceled its flights to Qatar amid a diplomatic dispute between it and other Arab countries.

"At the moment there is nothing on Qatar issue", Zakaria said.

Stock markets in Dubai and several other Gulf centres fell on Monday - although not by almost as much as Qatar - in a sign that investors around the region were anxious.

Qatar News Agency was targeted by hackers with "fake" comments purportedly criticising USA foreign policy attributed to Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on QNA platforms that sparked a regional media war. Qatar shares a massive offshore gas field with the Islamic Republic.

Concerns have been raised that the measures could impact the construction of the venues and infrastructure for the 2022 finals - due to be hosted by Qatar. It wasn't clear if the decision would affect American military operations.

The UAE central bank did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment, while a spokesman for the Saudi central bank said it had no statement on the matter.

Gulf Arab states and Egypt have already long resented Qatar's support for Islamists, especially the Muslim Brotherhood which they regard as a risky political enemy.

"Saudi state news reported that "(Qatar) embraces multiple terrorist and sectarian groups aimed at distributing stability in the area, including the Muslim Brotherhood, ISIS (Islamic State) and al-Qaeda, and promotes the message and schemes of these groups through their media consistently".

The statement went on to accuse Qatar of supporting what it described as Iranian-backed militants in its restive and largely Shiite Muslim-populated Eastern region of Qatif and in Bahrain.

The crisis began in late May when Qatar alleged that hackers took over the site of its state-run news agency and published what it called fake comments from its ruling emir about Iran and Israel.

Four Arab nations cut diplomatic ties to Qatar early Monday morning over its support for Islamist groups and its relations with Iran.

The UAE had always been angered by Qatar's support for Islamists in the Gulf and in Libya, and Saudi Arabia and Egypt view the Muslim Brotherhood as a threat.

Similarly, Saudi Arabia and other GCC countries traditionally account for only about 5 to 10 percent of trading on the Qatari stock market, according to exchange data, suggesting even a total pull-out would not sink the market.

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