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ibusinesslines.com November 24, 2017


Stripping Qatar from FIFA World cup 2022 suggests Gulf crisis

17 July 2017, 01:55 | Melissa Porter

On June 5, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt abruptly severed diplomatic ties with Qatar, suspending transport links with Doha and ordering all Qataris to repatriate within 14 days.

Earlier, Mr Le Drian called for "dialogue and calm" between the Arab states involved in the crisis after a meeting in Doha with Qatar's emir, Sheikh Tamim, and foreign minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman.

Al Jubeir said during his meeting with the french minister he discussed bilateral relations, efforts to combat terrorism and extremism, and other regional and global issues.

Except for a memorandum of understanding signed by Qatar and the USA in Doha on fighting terrorism, no plans were put forward by the U.S. secretary of state to resolve the crisis.

After his visit to Qatar, Le Drian headed to Saudi Arabia where he met Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

"We are concerned about the crisis in relations among fraternal Arab countries in the Persian Gulf", the Russian diplomat said.

"Hundreds of Saudis, Bahrainis, and Emiratis have been forced into the impossible situation of either disregarding their countries' orders or leaving behind their families and job", said Sarah Leah Whitson of Human Rights Watch.


However, the information ministry was quick to deny that Khartoum is planning to join the Saudi-led alliance against Qatar and reaffirmed Khartoum support for the Kuwaiti efforts to send the rift between the Gulf countries.

According to the same source, the hacks and posting took place on May 24.

Gargash hailed Qatar's decision last week to sign a memorandum of understanding on terrorist financing with the USA as "a positive development" by the foreign minister. The alliance has moreover struggled to come up with a set of demands that many in the worldwide community have said need to be reasonable and actionable.

It also claims the boycott has led to human rights violations, and on Thursday one group said abuses were a effect of the crisis.

Saudi commentators criticized the result of Tillerson's visit to Qatar, saying the signed agreement fell far short of the demands made for Qatar to change its policy of supporting Islamists.

Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, who will be visiting the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia and Bahrain tomorrow, has expressed the need for resolution to end the Gulf crisis. All three are considered allies of many Western nations. Infantino replied when asked if he believes that Qatar's hosting was in danger."The essential role of FIFA, as I understand it, is to deal with football and not to interfere in geopolitics", he said.



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