Gulf crisis continues as false media reports surface

Randolph Lopez
September 15, 2017

In one of his last postings on Twitter, he welcomed a report on Friday suggesting that a three-month-old row between Qatar and four Arab countries led by Saudi Arabia may be resolved.

Bahrain's financing costs had already been worsened as it dealt with rapidly mounting debt, as well as an increase in debt issued from other GCC states, and rising USA interest rates since 2014.

On June 5, the quartet cut diplomatic ties with Doha and imposed an air, sea and land blockade on Qatar - accusing it of supporting Iran and "extremists" in the region - an allegation strongly denied by Qatar.

The dispute was not on the agenda for the Arab League meeting in Cairo.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday that the Islamic Republic is opposed to the application of any form of pressure and threat against its neighbors.

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What has infuriated Riyadh most seems to be Qatar's snobbish tone at the negotiating table, and this "insult" by the Qataris made the Saudis suspend any talks with Doha until Qatari officials call for negotiations in a straightforward manner and in line with the requirements of such talks.

"All these policies have forced us to take these measures for the benefit of Qatar on one hand and our security and stability on the other", he said citing that there are several Arab and worldwide bodies which had condemned these actions carried out by Qatar.

The small Gulf country has dug its heels in, and looked to Saudi rival Iran, Turkey and Oman for new trade routes. "If the brethren in Qatar think they may have a benefit in their rapprochement with Iran, I'd like to say that they have this evaluation wrong in every way". Reacting to it, Qattan said that Qatar would regret its relations with Iran, recalling the Iranian conspiracy against the Gulf states.

"Their direction needs to change and we will continue our policies until Qatar changes its policies of aggression against the four boycotting countries and as long as Doha supports and funds terrorism and intervenes in the Middle East countries' internal affairs", Gargash said. They later issued a tough 13-point list of demands needed to resolve the crisis, including shutting down news outlets including Al-Jazeera, limiting ties with Iran and expelling Turkish troops stationed in the country.

After his speech, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry rejected what he said were "baseless insults".

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