Thailand minimally affected by Gulf dispute with Qatar
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 06, 2017,
Jun 06, 2017, 20:57
Qatar has denied the allegations, in the biggest diplomatic crisis to have hit the region in years.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi has expressed Tehran's concerns over the recent decision by Saudi allies to cut their ties with Qatar, IRNA news agency reported.
Washington has many reasons to want to promote comity within the region. Some of Qatar's policies, such as its support for the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, clash with American priorities; yet the country also hosts a US military base that's crucial to the fight against Islamic State. US Donald Trump has made defeating Islamic State a priority of his presidency.
Federation Internationale de Football Association said Monday that it was "in regular contact" with the Qatari organizing committee but did not address questions about how the diplomatic break might affect the tournament.
"There is a certain utility", one USA official said on condition of anonymity.
On Monday, the Saudis got the go-ahead for a $750 million contract to train their air force, working with a variety of U.S. contracted firms. "The Hamas (folks) have to have a place to go where they can be simultaneously isolated and talked to". The authorities of eastern Libya, Yemen, as well as the Maldives subsequently also announced the severance of relations with Qatar.
A senior administration official told Reuters the United States got no indication from the Saudis or Emiratis in Riyadh that the action was about to happen.
U.S. officials in multiple agencies stressed their desire to promote a reconciliation between the Saudi-led group and Qatar, a state of 2.5 million people with vast natural gas reserves.
"Our relationship with the United States is strategic", said Abdul Rahman.
The GCC includes six wealthy Arab nations: Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman.
Officials say just under a third of that total was accounted for by contracts approved by the previous administration of Barack Obama, with several more in the pipeline.
"No matter what the differences between our countries are, we must discuss them within GCC rather than export them to Western capitals, but we noticed a campaign of incitement in the past few days led by some GCC ambassadors to demonise Qatar, aiming at accusations and fabrications, especially in cases of financing terrorism".
"The US will step up to the plate". "I think it will really have an impact if it lasts any time". But Egypt and the Gulf Arab states resent Qatar's support for Islamists, especially the Muslim Brotherhood, which they see as a political enemy.
He said "we are going through extremely hard circumstances and challenges and there are wars in the Arab world and people killed whether due to terrorism and extremism or terror crimes committed by regimes against their peoples, and there is a crisis in Yemen, Syria and Libya, and these challenges must unite us".