On June 5, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Libya, the Maldives and Mauritius severed diplomatic relations with Qatar. Mauritania broke off diplomatic ties with Qatar on June 6. On the same day, Jordan downgraded ties with Qatar. On June 7, the Comoros cut off ties with the Persian Gulf state, and Djibouti reduced the level of diplomatic contacts with it. Senegal, Chad and Niger recalled their ambassadors from Doha.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut back their demands for Qatar by half, also allowing the country to meet the requests without specific deadlines, media reported on Wednesday.
United Arab Emirates' (UAE) Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said on Monday that international monitoring is needed to resolve the diplomatic row between Qatar and a number of Gulf states.
United Arab Emirates' (UAE) Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash denied on Monday US media reports that it was behind the hacking of the Qatari news agency that led to a diplomatic crisis.
Saudi Arabia had hammered out plans for an aggressive attack against Qatar, which it considered its only option, a Bahraini expert told Sputnik and explained why this scenario was never implemented.
The US-Qatar agreement to curb terrorist funding is unlikely to work because both Doha will not abandon its commitment to support Islamist fundamentalism around the world, former envoy to the UN James Paul told Sputnik.
Turkey sent 200 cargo aircraft, loaded with goods worth more that $20 billion to Qatar, subjected to an economic blockade by the Gulf countries since early June due to its alleged terror support, Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci said Tuesday.
France's oil and gas company Total does not expect the crisis in Qatar to affect bilateral cooperation with Doha on the oil field development, Total’s President of Exploration and Production Arnaud Breuillac told Sputnik.
The United States and Qatar have signed an agreement intending to disrupt financing of terrorist organizations, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said at a press conference on Tuesday.
The Gulf diplomatic crisis reached a new round as the four Arab countries involved, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain, threatened Qatar with new sanctions after Doha missed the deadline to meet their demands.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and Saudi Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Adel bin Siraj Mirdad discussed in Cote d’Ivoire’s city of Abidjan the diplomatic crisis in Qatar as well as anti-terror efforts, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said.
Qatar now pays 10 times as much to import food and medicine into the country due to the Saudi-led blockade, Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani has said – although the country has cemented its place as the world's biggest producer of liquefied natural gas, and maintained its Moody's rating nonetheless.
Foreign Ministry spokesman said that China hopes that the relevant states will manage to solve the existing problems in the Persian Gulf via the dialogue and talks.
Commenting on the recent diplomatic standoff in the Persian Gulf, British Orwell Prize-winning journalist and professor at the Qatar-based Georgetown University Anatol Lieven told Sputnik that it is unlikely to lead to Saudi Arabia invading Qatar, but suggested that Riyadh has other options on the table.
None of the Arab countries proposed an initiative to freeze the participation of Qatar in the League of Arab States, the organization's Secretary General Ahmed Aboul Gheit told Sputnik on Wednesday.
The Saudi ambassador to Russia said that Saudi Arabia was not refusing to maintain dialogue with Qatar, but some issues must remain above bargaining.
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir announced Wednesday that Saudi Arabia and other countries that have imposed sanctions on Qatar are set to keep the boycott in place until Doha changes its policies "for the better."
The conflict around Qatar may negatively affect the settlement of the situation in Syria, there is a certain radicalization of groups, the head of the Russian delegation at the talks on Syria in Astana, Alexander Lavrentyev, said Wednesday.
Qatar’s Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Thani said Wednesday his country was ready to solve disagreements with neighbors through dialogue.
Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain issued a joint statement confirming that they had received the reply from Qatar on the list of their demands amid the diplomatic row.
Qatar believes that the demands of the Arab states are unrealistic and cannot be fulfilled, Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Thani said on Tuesday.
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