Gulf States Severe Ties With Qatar: Here's How The Crisis Developed
Jun 06 2017 by Desiree Burns
"He received a call from the emir of Kuwait asking him to postpone it in order to give time to solve the crisis", Sheikh Mohammed said. Still, the minister struck a defiant tone, vowing his nation rejected those trying to impose their will on Qatar or intervene in its internal affairs.
Kuwait and Oman were among a handful of states that did not join the move to isolate Qatar and Iran, Saudi Arabia's arch-rival. Qatar also enjoys a close economic relationship with Iran, sharing control over a large natural gas field vital to Qatar's economy.
Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates all announced they would withdraw their diplomatic staff from Qatar, a gas-rich nation that will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup and is home to a major U.S. military base.
The coordinated move, with Yemen and Libya's eastern-based government joining in later, created a dramatic rift among the Arab nations, many of which are in OPEC.
State producer Qatargas told Japan's Jera Co. that it would keep supplying LNG as normal in spite of the Saudi-led severing of diplomatic ties with Qatar, Jera spokesman Atsuo Sawaki said by phone.
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Speaking at a joint press conference in Ankara with his German counterpart Sigmar Gabriel, Cavusoglu said that Turkey is ready to help however it can to bring the disputes to a manageable level. It did not elaborate.
Qatar, like Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E., is also a member of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries.
Oil prices fell for a third day on Tuesday (June 6), hit by concerns that a political rift between Qatar and several Arab states would undermine an Opec-led push to tighten the market. The Qatari government has not responded to the severing of diplomatic ties, though it has previously denied funding extremist groups.
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The proposed sales include a radar system made by Lockheed Martin Corp as well as a training program for the Royal Saudi Air Force and other Saudi forces inside and outside of Saudi Arabia, the Pentagon said in two separate notices on its website. The channels of Doha-based satellite network Al-Jazeera have also been blocked. News agencies report that long lines have formed at supermarkets in Doha as residents-fully 80 percent of the 2.3 million people living in Qatar are non-citizen foreign workers-scramble to stock their shelves and refrigerators.