New assertive generation of Gulf leaders at heart of Qatar rift

Cornelia Mascio
Giugno 19, 2017

In a new development in the Gulf crisis, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Bahrain issued a joint statement on Friday, saying that the resolution of cutting ties with Qatar is a sovereign right of these states with the aim of protecting their national security from the dangers of terrorism and extremism.

We can't read too much into two week's figures, because one shipment can have a big impact on daily average numbers, but the trend seems established.Still, it's far from clear that the nation's on a one-way path to stagnation. "So far it's an idea to create a monitoring system.France, Britain, U.S. or Germany could monitor because they have the diplomatic clout and technical know-how", Gargash said.

There was no immediate indication over why they had been detained or if it directly concerned their reporting from the kingdom.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt and Yemen severed diplomatic ties with Qatar on June 5.

Several other states in the region scaled back diplomatic relations with the country.

All the more, Saudi, Egyptian, Bahraini and UAE governments now closely monitor all financial transactions and communications coming into or out of their counties and are -even remotely- linked to Qatar.

Since the Qatari crisis started, Turkey has openly voiced support to Qatar, one of its major trade partners and a main source of investment, while criticizing the Saudi-led blockade on Doha as inhumane. Today, both Qatar and Saudi Arabia claim to have tightened the screws on private fundraising for terrorist organisations - though the survival of various organisations in the Middle East like Al Nusra, ISIS, Hezbollah or Hamas without sovereign support, directly or indirectly, is hardly plausible.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the UAE want Doha to be held accountable for its hostile political agenda.

Qatar's refusal to capitulate could delay Saudi Arabia's regional plans, particularly if Qatar allies such as Turkey step in to broker an agreement. "They are still in a phase of denial and anger", he said, adding that a list of grievances for Qatar to address would be completed in the next days.

"The state of Qatar has been subjected to a campaign of lies that have reached the point of complete fabrication", the Foreign Ministry said in a statement this month. The unwarranted tilt of US President Donald Trump in the Saudi-Qatar fracas has demonstrated the curse of perpetuating selective truths that ensures the dominance of certain regional and global powers. That course correction could emulate the same kind of strategic decisions that the Saudis and Emiratis have made in the last decade with regards to groups like the Muslim Brotherhood, al Qaeda and other adherents to radical Islam. The countries that imposed the sanctions gave Qataris two weeks to leave, which expired on Monday.

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