Published: Tue, June 27, 2017
World Media | By June Phelps

UAE's Gargash: Qatar Isolation Could Last for Years


Several neighboring countries of Qatar have closed transit routes and borders with it in a bid to increase pressures on Doha.

Qatar's foreign minister yesterday called on neighboring states to lift their "blockade" of his country before Doha takes part in any negotiations on ending the Gulf diplomatic crisis.

"If they want to be isolated because of their perverted view of what their political role is, then let them be isolated".

The foreign minister said the economic impact on Qatar had so far proved to be minimal.

Turkey also sent its foreign minister to Qatar on Wednesday as part of a drive to fix Gulf Arab states's rift with Qatar.

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"Until now we didn't see any progress about lifting the blockade, which is the pre-condition for anything to move forward".

The crisis has put Turkey in a delicate position as Ankara regards Qatar as its chief ally in the Gulf but is also keen to maintain its improving relations with the key regional power Saudi Arabia.

According to observers, the recent fallout in relations came in the wake of Qatar's apparent break with past policies and its leaning toward Russian Federation and Iran - similar to Turkey's turnabout on the Syria crisis.

He said the directives issued by Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain to address the humanitarian needs of families with joint nationalities appeared to be inadequate, and his office had received reports of specific individuals being ordered to return home or to leave the country they are residing in.

The dispute showed no signs of ending this week with Saudi Arabia's foreign minister stating on Friday that the kingdom and its allies were working on a list of "grievances" against Qatar.

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The Qatar Financial Centre, which administers special rules for foreign-owned companies operating in Qatar, said on Monday it has no plans to take any action against Saudi Arabian, Emirati or Bahraini firms in response to their governments' sanctions against Doha.

Some analysts fear that Turkey's stance on the Qatari crisis could backfire and damage its own interests by angering a number of Sunni-dominated Arab countries.

In an interview aired Thursday with Portuguese broadcaster RTP, Erdogan said work on the Turkish base in Qatar began in 2014 with the aim of supporting regional security.

Earlier this month, Turkey's parliament fast-tracked the approval of a separate agreement with Qatar that allowed troops to be deployed to a Turkish military base in the Gulf state.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt have accused 59 individuals and 12 charity organizations in Qatar of having links with terrorism, including the Muslim Brotherhood and the al-Qaida-linked terror group Fatah al-Sham, formerly known as al-Nusra Front.

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