Gulf to trade quietly, Qatar may continue slow rebound

Mutlaq al-Qahtani, a senior counterterrorism adviser to Qatar's foreign minister, said that Qatar hosted the Taliban "by request by the U.S. government" and as part of Qatar's 'open-door policy, to facilitate talks, to mediate and to bring peace'.

Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain have also imposed a land, sea and air blockade on Qatar, a country that heavily relies on imports of food and water, among other products.

In a move that came as a surprise to many, Gulf states expelled Qatari nationals from their territory, giving them two weeks to leave, and banned Qatar's national airline from entering their airspace.

"Victimizing Qatar through smear campaigns serves no goal", Erdogan said, urging the Saudi king, as an elder politician in the region, to take the lead in untangling the crisis.

"Dialogue should be continued under all circumstances so the existing problems can be solved in a peaceful way", he said, according to Turkish state news agency Anadolu last week.

"A very grave mistake is being made in Qatar, isolating a nation in all areas is inhumane and against Islamic values".

Tuesday also saw Erdogan commit to holding three way talks regarding the crisis, with French President Emmanuel Macron and Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, the Emir of Qatar, on the line.

A state-owned newspaper in the United Arab Emirates is saying that a fake website attempted to impersonate it and publish fake comments attributed to Abu Dhabi's powerful crown prince. Oman has stayed out of the conflict.

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"Qatar adopts antagonist policies towards gulf countries, undermining their sovereignty to destabilize their security, " added the leading Saudi newspaper, Al Riyadh.

Qatar has condemned the boycott declared by its neighbours as "collective punishment", as hundreds of mixed-citizenship couples with one Qatari spouse are facing the grim prospect of being split up.

Qatar's food producers are turning to new importers to fill a gap left by an ongoing diplomatic dispute with its neighbors.

The country has strenuously denied all charges, rejecting them as "unjustified" and "baseless".

  • Zachary Reyes