Qatar's Crisis With Saudi Arabia And Gulf Neighbors Has Decades-Long Roots

Qatar's Crisis With Saudi Arabia And Gulf Neighbors Has Decades-Long Roots

Saudi Arabia and UAE have blocked Al Jazeera and closed its offices amid the crisis with Qatar.

In his remarks from London, Jubeir said there was no intention of harming the Qatari people and called Qatar an "ally" in the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain broke off relations with Qatar on June 5, accusing it of supporting "terrorism". Jordan and Djibouti reduced the level of their diplomatic missions in Qatar.

Efforts to end a two-week-old crisis in the Persian Gulf shifted to the USA, with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson canceling a trip to Mexico to try to end a Saudi-led coalition's isolation of Qatar.

The monitoring, Gargash said, would aim to ensure Qatar was no longer funding extremism, harboring extremists in Doha, or providing support to the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and al-Qaeda.

According to the Times, Palestinians are opposed to the idea, fearing it would normalise ties between Israel and Arab nations before a deal to establish a Palestinian state has been met.

In 1996, Qatar launched the Al-Jazeera satellite news channel and brought a new brand of news coverage to the region.

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The Qatar-based Al Jazeera news channel said Saturday it had regained its Arab-language account on Twitter after a brief suspension.

CEO Saad al-Kaabi said that although there was a "force majeure" clause in the agreement on the Dolphin gas pipeline, which links Qatar's giant North Field with the UAE, Qatar would not stop supplies for other reasons.

But Qatar's leaders, all from the ruling Al Thani family - Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani is now in charge - chafed against the dominating, conservative influence of the behemoth next door, Saudi Arabia.

The statement further added that the two top diplomats of Saudi Arabia and Egypt demanded from the ex-president to declare his support in the isolation of Qatar.

According to observers, the recent fallout in relations came in the wake of Qatar's apparent break with past policies and its leaning toward Russian Federation and Iran - similar to Turkey's turnabout on the Syria crisis. Doha says it is being targeted due to its independent foreign policy. Turkey also sent additional supplies of dairy products to Qatar's capital, Doha, after Saudi Arabia sealed shut Qatar's only land border, impacting a significant source of food imports.

Second, following the Islamic-Arab-US summit held in Riyadh and the subsequent action against Qatar, the issue of Pakistan remaining in the so-called Islamic Military Alliance (IMA) needs to be given second thoughts.

It did not say who was behind the alleged campaign.

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