No Gulf Crisis Agenda in Arab League Summit

Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Photo: World Atlas
Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Photo: World Atlas

The Gulf crisis has been dragging on for months with no sign of reconciliation between the squabbling gulf countries.

The crisis began on June 5, 2017, after some of the neighboring countries of Qatar announced to severe ties with the small but wealthy Qatar.

The countries including Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt severed diplomatic ties with Qatar and imposed an all-out blockade over the country.

The blockading countries accused Qatar of supporting terrorism which Qatar rejected as baseless.

The U.S. President Donald Trump supported the blockading countries in the beginning. But he changed his mind afterward and continued a neutral stance ever since.

Qatar, the direct victim of the blockade, has been keen to solve the crisis since the beginning with its top leaders urging the blockading countries for negotiations.

The blockading countries set 13 conditions including shutting down Doha based Al Jazeera other Qatar owned media outlets to start talks.

Qatar refused to comply with the conditions.

The U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had been involved in the efforts to end the gulf crisis which didn’t succeed.

The efforts from Kuwait and Turkey also failed to bring an end to the Gulf crisis. Instead, the Gulf crisis dragged on vexing Qatar.

No Agenda in Arab League Summit

Recently, Qatar hoped to discuss the issue in the summit of Arab League. But to Qatar’s dismay, Gulf crisis will not be on Arab League summit’s agenda.

The Arab League summit will be hosted by Saudi Arabia in mid-April.

Qatari Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lolwah al-Khater said the summit doesn’t have agenda about the Gulf crisis.

“Qatar, however, is committed to pursuing dialogue to resolve the crisis,” spokeswomen Lolwah al-Khater said.

“We have repeatedly reiterated our commitment to dialogue to resolve the crisis without undermining Qatar’s sovereignty and national interests,” she added.


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