United Arab Emirates calls for western monitoring of Qatar

United Arab Emirates calls for western monitoring of Qatar

By contrast, there are still no diplomatic relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia; all that can be said at this stage is that behind-the-scenes diplomatic and intelligence co-operation has taken place between the two countries.

They continued supporting the mostly Sunni rebels when unrest spiralled into conflict between the armed opposition and troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, who hails from the country's Alawite Shia minority and is backed by Saudi Arabia's arch-rival Iran.

The diplomatic crisis pitting Saudi Arabia against Qatar has put Syrian rebels in a hard position, analysts say, after rivalries between Gulf backers had already weakened the opposition.

Turkey, which is a strong backer of Islamist groups like the Muslim Brotherhood, has criticized the measures against Qatar and authorized the deployment of additional troops to Qatar in a show of support.

Al Jazeera is the flagship broadcaster for Qatar, which is the target of a diplomatic and economic boycott by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain, in a stand-off that is endangering stability in the region.

The question now is whether Qatar is willing to listen to the Gulf concerns, as Sheikh Sabah Al Khalid Al Sabah, Kuwait's foreign minister said recently.

What has been happening in the last few weeks is the product of the accumulation of years of unresolved tensions, driven by multiple factors, he says.

Relations between the two countries are at their worst in years.

Qatar, the world's richest country per capita, has used its wealth over the past decade to exert outsized influence in the Middle East, backing factions in civil wars and revolts across the region. Nothing is mysterious about it, especially as the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt have already revealed many reasons why they made the decision to sever ties with Qatar.

"The nation of Qatar, unfortunately, has historically been a funder of terrorism at a very high level", Trump said in a speech at the White House.

He said it was not clear if the fishing boats had strayed into Saudi waters and that Iranian authorities were trying to determine the facts.

"The secretary will continue these efforts".

President Donald Trump has strongly supported the sanctions against Qatar, even though his State Department and Defense Department have tried to remain neutral.



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