Gulf Countries Assure Welfare Of Indians In Qatar Amid Crisis
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 10, 2017,
Jun 10, 2017, 17:00
However, Alam said that "behind the scenes the crisis is not as bad as it looks" and that the "short term implications" for United States and United Kingdom militaries in Qatar are "relatively minor".
The Abu Dhabi Petroleum Ports Authority also reimposed a ban on oil tankers linked to Qatar calling at ports in the UAE, reversing a decision to ease restrictions and potentially creating a logjam of crude cargoes. Fitch Ratings puts Qatar at AA.
Meanwhile, Kuwaiti Emir Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, who played a pivotal role in mediating a compromise in a 2014 diplomatic dispute between Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other Gulf states, flew to Qatar Wednesday night and met with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani.
Qatar denies inciting unrest in Saudi Arabia or elsewhere.
Emirati officials said they perceived Trump's tweets as a sign Qatar shouldn't count on America taking its side despite USA having some 10,000 troops based in the country's al-Udeid Air Base. Neither is Qatar. Nor Saudi Arabia, Bahrain or the UAE.
The base was used to launch B-52 air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria previous year - the giant aircraft have been seen at the base in recent weeks - and the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing now operates more than 100 combat aircraft from Al Udeid, with jets taking off approximately every 10 minutes, the wing's website says.
Arab states that have cut diplomatic and transport ties with Qatar tightened their squeeze yesterday by putting dozens of Qatar-linked people on terrorism blacklists, while Qatari ally Turkey came to its side with plans to send troops, warships and planes. He warned that the Persian Gulf crisis is hindering USA efforts to fight the Islamic State group.
A group of Gulf nations led by Saudi Arabia severed diplomatic ties as well as land, sea and air travel with Qatar on June 5, accusing the country of supporting Sunni extremist groups and Iranian-backed Shiite militants to destabilize the region.
Ankara officials have said Turkey's parliament will fast-track a draft bill allowing its troops to be deployed to a military base in Qatar.
UAE-based newspaper Gulf News and pan-Arab channel Al-Arabiya reported the crackdown on expressions of sympathy with Qatar.
It wasn't immediately clear how Qatar, which hosts some 10,000 US troops, might respond to Trump's critique.
Included on the "terrorist" list were the Egyptian leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Yousef al-Qaradawi, and 12 Qatari-funded charities. "The blockade is hindering USA military actions in the region and the campaign against ISIS", he said. "We have to stop the funding of terrorism".
Tillerson's carefully crafted statement urges the emir of Qatar to do more to stem terrorist financing but adds that "others must also continue to eliminate factions of support for violent organizations within their own borders".
"Tensions are still high and mediation efforts by fellow Gulf Cooperation Council state Kuwait have yet to lead to a concrete solution, so investors will likely remain on edge", said one Dubai-based trader.