UAE Seeking 'Change of Policy, Not Regime' in Qatar

Marsha Scott
June 10, 2017

Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani added that diplomacy is still Doha's preferred option and there would never be a military solution to the problem.

"No one has the right to intervene in our foreign policy", Sheikh Mohammed said.

Kadir Has University professor Serhat Guvenc says Qatar will suffer badly if the crisis is not solved in a short time, and if the crisis continues this will impact Turkey adversely due to its support of Qatar.

QATAR is talking to Iran and Turkey about securing food and water supplies to stave off possible shortages two days after its biggest suppliers, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, cut trade and diplomatic ties.

On Thursday the four countries issued a list of individuals and entities they said had "terrorist" links to Qatar, in their first joint statement since severing ties with Doha.

Qatar has made progress in halting financial support and expelling terrorists from the country, but it "must do more" and "must do it more quickly," he said at a press conference in the State Department.

Qatar is home to a vital USA military base.

Finally, he said, there's "Al Jazeera and other Qatari-funded media, which is just an irritant to these governments because they see Al Jazeera as the platform through which opposition members talk to their own publics".

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"Al Jazeera Media Network under cyber-attack on all systems, websites and social media platforms", it tweeted.

After Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates (UAE) closed their airspace, only one narrow route remains for Qatari carriers to transport passengers - via Iran.

The dispute has sparked the worst diplomatic crisis in the Arab world in years and raised fears it will cause further instability in an already-volatile region. The UAE ban of Qatar products and symbols is reportedly so severe that blogger Raed Al-Emadi posted a picture on Twitter that purportedly shows the logos of Qatar Airways cut out from a poster of Barcelona's famed trident - Messi, Suarez and Neymar - which is also known as "MSN".

Trump spoke with the emir of Qatar on Wednesday, the White House announced, and "offered to help the parties resolve their differences", by hosting a meeting if necessary. Qatar hosts 8,000 USA military personnel at Al Udeid, the largest U.S. air base in the Middle East and a launch pad for US-led strikes on Daesh. Home to some 10,000 troops, it is central to the US-led fight against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.

"We call on the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt to ease the blockade against Qatar", he said in Washington.

Numerous others added to the list are figures associated with the Muslim Brotherhood who have made Qatar a base, including Brotherhood spiritual leader Yousef al-Qaradawi.

In some of the strongest comments related to those efforts by a senior Gulf Arab official, Sheikh Khalid told the newspaper he doubted whether Qatar would change its behaviour. The ambassador left open the prospect of compromise, saying: "We are courageous enough to acknowledge if things need to be amended".

Qatar has nonetheless forged regional alliances independently of its fellow Gulf Cooperation Council states, drawing accusations from Saudi Arabia and its allies of serving Iranian interests.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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