Qatar, Boycotting Arab States in Heated Arab League Clash

Aaron Brown
September 14, 2017

As Qatari nationals who were living with their families or studying or working in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain were ordered to leave within 14 days as well citizens of these three countries were also given the same time-frame to leave Qatar. Other regional countries like Kuwait and Oman, meanwhile, could actually benefit because of trade diversions that resulted from the dispute, though the overall impact on growth will be negligible.

It estimates that Qatar used US$38.5 billion - equivalent to 23 per cent of its GDP - to support the economy in the first two months of sanctions.

The Arab League meeting on Tuesday witnessed a 30-minute altercation between diplomats from Qatar and the four states boycotting it. Following a meeting with the Kuwaiti emir where serious regional problems came up for discussion, Trump chose to act as a mediator between Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

Moody's said worldwide freight companies have implemented contingency plans to re-route traffic through neutral countries: Maersk announced in June that it would redirect marine traffic destined for Qatar via Oman, running a feeder service from Salalah.

There are around 25 Haj operating companies in Qatar, who lost around QR200m because of failure to send pilgrims to Saudi Arabia. Iran and Shias were infuriated because the execution implied that Shia terrorism is equivalent to Sunni terrorism.

Saudi Arabia, with its bulging youth population, is among the top users of social media per capita worldwide.

However, Qatar restored diplomatic relations with Iran last month.

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Muraikhi's remarks sparked angry reactions from Ahmed al-Qattan, Saudi Arabia's envoy to the Arab League, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and Emirati State Minister for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash, with the Qatari minister and Qattan even telling each other to "be quiet".

"Congratulations to Iran and soon, God willing, you will regret it", he said.

"What Qatar has done reinforced the fact that they are unwilling to enter into dialogue". "The Qataris will be held responsible for such a decision".

[The Gulf crisis continues] due to Qatar's unwillingness for peace.

"Their direction needs to change and we will continue our policies until Qatar changes its policies of aggression against the four boycotting countries and as long as Doha supports and funds terrorism and intervenes in the Middle East countries' internal affairs", Gargash said.

Muraikhi, responded by saying that the crisis started when Qatar News Agency (QNA) was hacked by UAE-backed perpetrators who attributed false statement to the emir of Qatar.

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