In June, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates broke off diplomatic relations and communication with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism and interfering in their internal affairs. The four Gulf nations presented Doha a 10-day ultimatum with 13 demands, including the request to severe diplomatic relations with Iran, close Turkey’s military base in Qatar, as well as to end support for the Muslim Brotherhood, a terrorist organization outlawed in Russia. Doha refused to comply with the demands.
Chad shut down the embassy of Qatar in the country on Wednesday, saying that Doha had attempted to destabilize the African country from Libya.
Saudi Arabia's national carrier has allocated seven of its modern aircraft to transfer Qatari pilgrims to perform Hajj, the annual Muslim pilgrimage, local media reported, citing the airline’s representatives.
Facing apparently impossible odds, Qatar manages to go toe-to-toe with the coalition of Arab States led by Saudi Arabia that imposed a blockade against Doha, using clever strategy to outplay its rivals.
Turkey and Qatar will hold joint naval drills on August 6-7, as part of a two-stage joint exercise amid the ongoing diplomatic crisis between Doha and several other Arab states, Anadolu news agency reported Friday citing Qatar's Defense Ministry.
Turkey may send raw materials to Qatar, hit by a trade blockage by Gulf countries, to be used for food production at local factories, media reported Thursday, citing Turkish Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci.
Saudi Arabia may challenge Iran’s role in the Middle East to expand its influence and increase pressure over Qatar, according to a Turkish political expert.
The United States has notified Qatar of its plans to send American diplomats to help tackle the Gulf diplomatic row.
A two-stage joint exercise, bringing together militaries of Turkey and Qatar started in the Persian Gulf on Tuesday as part of the 2014 bilateral security agreement, Turkish media reported.
Speaking on the matter of the unfolding Gulf diplomatic row on Monday, the Qatari foreign minister called the actions of the four Arab states that act against Doha "obvious and gross violation" of international law.
Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates recognize only Kuwait as a mediator in the diplomatic crisis with Qatar, Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Khalifa said Sunday.
Bahrain’s Foreign Minister stated that countries blocking Qatar are ready for dialogue with Doha if the Qatari authorities confirm the end of support for terrorism.
The diplomatic crisis between Saudi Arabia and Qatar is rooted in ideological and political differences and Riyadh's desire to control the independent policy of its neighbor, political analyst Mohammad Sadeq Jukar told Sputnik Iran.
Qatar is ready to discuss the time and location of possible negotiations with the blockading Arab states after their response to US settlement initiatives voiced by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the Qatari Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.
The US State Department has openly supported Russia's efforts in settling the diplomatic conflict between Qatar and the four Arab states led by Saudi Arabia. Numerous attempts by the United States to reconcile its Middle Eastern allies have not yielded results. What could be behind such a twist?
Recently, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait. His diplomatic tour was aimed at contributing to the settlement of a major crisis in the Gulf.
The decision of four Arab states to expand their campaign against Doha to individuals and entities with alleged links to Qatar’s support of terrorism is a "disappointing surprise," as it shows that those countries are not actually devoted to fighting terrorism themselves, Qatari Communications Director Sheikh Saif bin Ahmed Al Thani said.
The European Union’s Foreign Affairs head Federica Mogherini has called on the Gulf countries to de-escalate the tensions and enter a direct dialogue amid the ongoing Qatari crisis. Sputnik spoke to an expert on Middle Eastern affairs about this issue.
Saudi Arabia's Ambassador in Moscow Abdulrahman bin Ibrahim Al Rassi reiterated on Wednesday the demand of several Arab states involved in diplomatic row with Qatar to shut down the Al Jazeera broadcaster, which they deem to be inciting extremism, in the interview with Sputnik.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt added nine people and nine organizations to its unified terrorist list over alleged ties to Qatar, local media reported Tuesday.
On July 16, The Washington Post published a leak from US intelligence officials that it was the United Arab Emirates who "orchestrated the hacking of Qatari websites," which sparked the regional crisis. Turkish journalist Mehmet Ali Guller commented on the revelation, debating if the UAE is a new target or a new client of the US.
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