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Tuesday January 23rd 2018



Qatar-Gulf rift: Key moments of the ongoing crisis

On Monday, June 5, most people in Qatar were fast asleep when neighbouring Bahrain announced it was cutting diplomatic ties with Doha, delivering the first of a series of coordinated diplomatic strikes that has left the region in disarray.

The news came at 5:50am local time, on the tenth day of Ramadan. Within 10 minutes, Saudi Arabia, the Gulf’s biggest power, had followed suit. The kingdom announced via state media that it was taking action to “protect its national security from the dangers of terrorism and extremism”.

By 6:20am, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) had completed the troika. “It was bound to happen. It was something that was ready to explode,” Anwar Gargash, UAE state foreign affairs minister, later told the Reuters news agency.

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At least three other countries, including Egypt, joined in later in the day.

But Oman and Kuwait, two other countries in the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) which includes Qatar, stayed neutral.

Qatar strongly denied the allegations against the peninsula which were used to justify a set of punishing measures as a “campaign of lies that have reached the point of complete fabrication”.

Despite mediation efforts led by Kuwait, the standoff continues.

On Friday, minutes after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged Saudi Arabia and its allies to ease their blockade, US President Donald Trump issued a pointed message to Qatar that seemed to contradict Tillerson.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has also urged Saudi to “lift the embargo”, while Germany Chanellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron have urged regional cooperation and dialogue.

Here are some of the key points of the ongoing rift between Saudi and its allies, and Qatar:
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