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    Persian Gulf Disarray: a Number of States Sever Relations With Qatar (238)

    Despite the unprecedentedly tough actions of its regional neighbors, Qatar still has room to maneuver. Foreign political analysts told Sputnik who might be able to help Doha settle its regional diplomatic row and why it is likely to start searching for a mediator within 48 hours.

    "Qatar still has the chance to settle the regional diplomatic dispute if it reconsiders its policy. Two countries of the Persian Gulf, namely the Sultanate of Oman and Kuwait, have not broken their ties with Doha. Subsequently, there are opportunities to restore the diplomatic relations," Mohamed Orabi, Egyptian diplomat, politician and the country's former Foreign Minister (June 18 – July 18, 2011) told Sputnik.

    However it is too early to speculate whether Qatar is going to strengthen its relations with other regional powers, he said.

    Mohamed Orabi also noted that certain countries would like the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, known as the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to cease to exist. This is not in the interests of Qatar, the diplomat noted.

    "In the long run, Qatar is an Arab state and it should revert into the fold of the Arab world. However there is a need to pressure Doha through the sanctions for it to abandon its policy of meddling into the internal affairs of the neighboring Arab states and its support of extremist groups," he told Sputnik.

    In a separate comment on the issue, Saudi expert Anwar Ishki, the head of Middle East Center for Strategic and Legal studies explained to Sputnik Arabic why Qatar will start searching for a mediator for the settlement of the dispute within 48 hours.

    "The breakup of diplomatic relations has put Qatar in a difficult position, especially after the ban on Qatar airlines entering the airspace of those countries which severed all ties with the emirate," he told Sputnik.

    The Qatari exchange is also in freefall, he said.

    "Qatar won't be able to stand for 48 hours, and Qatari people won't put up with the consequences of this political solution for more than 15 days. Qatar is in a very nasty position," the expert suggested.

    Because of this, he further said, Doha will be forced to start searching for a mediator to normalize relations, be it Russia or the US. The Arab countries will adhere to both, he said. However the mediator will have to watch that Qatar fulfills its part of the negotiated outcome.

    Meanwhile Massouma al-Mubarak, Kuwait's first female government minister, who served as minister of planning and minister of state for administrative development (2005-2007) and who then became one of the first four women to enter the Kuwaiti parliament, suggested that her home country could become the dove of peace in the Qatari conflict.

    This conflict has been ripening for a long time, she told Sputnik Arabic. However she is still surprised with the speed of political action.

    "There are always certain discrepancies and mutual displeasures among people and among Arab countries. However it does not mean the immediate breakup of relations. We should work on the problems and eliminate them," the parliamentarian said.

    "I hope that in such a serious situation Kuwait can become the dove of peace. Under the recent leadership, as well as back in the past, Kuwait has always played a role of a conciliatory force," she said.

    Massouma al-Mubarak also suggested that the mass media can play a decisive role in the settlement of this conflict because they have a colossal influence on public opinion.

    "We hope that Arab mass media, be it mainstream media or private companies, would help to stabilize the situation. In case they are unable to do it, it would be better if they keep quiet," the politician finally stated.

    Persian Gulf Disarray: a Number of States Sever Relations With Qatar (238)
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