Qatar Won't Negotiate Under Saudi-Led Sanctions, Minister Says

The Persian Gulf Arab states further gave Qataris two weeks to leave their countries and ordered home their own citizens living in Qatar.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, Yemen, the Maldives, and one of Libya's three rival governments severed ties with Qatar earlier this month, over its alleged support of terrorism.

"If we get clear strategic signals that Qatar is going to change and it will stop funding violent Islamist militants that is the basis for a discussion, but we would need a monitoring system". Representatives for the QIA declined to comment. Trump called Qatar a "funder of terrorism at a very high level", but five days later his Pentagon approved selling $12 billion of warplanes to Qatar. The QIA is the biggest shareholder in Qatar National Bank SAQ, the region's largest lender, with a 52 per cent stake, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. "This isolation can take years".

"But what I said last week remains true, in that we have continued to be able to operate, even through that friction", Marine General Joseph Dunford told reporters in Washington. They have accused Qatar of backing terror groups, charges denied by Qatar, which says the allegations are politically motivated.

Jaida said Qatar's government was also prepared to support local banks if foreign institutions withdraw deposits from them because of the economic boycott.

After having reported in detail in the previous article about the developments which preceded the banning of the work of Al Jazeera in these countries and the pressures put on Qatar in order for Al Jazeera to be completely banned accompanied by the thunderous silence of the West, we continue to transfer information and viewpoints of the actors of these events and the ones who know the region first hand.

Touching upon this, Kiziltas said Turkey "by its mediation diplomacy, wants to convey to these countries that the policy of isolation of Qatar can at any time be used against them by interested forces". On June 7, Turkey's Parliament approved the deployment of troops to a Turkish military base in Qatar. The rest of its 2.7 million people are foreign migrant workers, mostly manual labourers employed on vast construction projects that have crowned the tiny desert peninsula with skyscrapers as well as stadiums for the 2022 soccer world cup.

Thousands of Qataris have been unable to board flights to the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, and cut off from relatives in those countries, in a region where cross-border marriages are common and rulers refer to each other as "brothers".

In their apparent bid to secure USA support and that of Israel, Riyadh, Manama, Cairo and Abu Dhabi suspended all land, air and sea traffic with Qatar, expelled its diplomats and ordered Qatari citizens to leave their countries.

Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi started a visit to Saudi Arabia on Monday, in the latest effort by the two countries to heal years of strained relations.

  • Leroy Wright