As the emirate’s neighbors want a solution “that will stick,” there’s little likelihood of a quick resolution to the Gulf standoff over Qatar, reported the media citing a senior United Arab Emirates official.
A clear signal that the emirate is willing to reexamine its position regarding extremism and terrorism is need by the four-nation bloc led by Saudi Arabia that’s isolating Qatar, said Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash speaking during a trip to London.
“The situation we want to move to is a neighbor that we can trust, a neighbor that is transparent, that we can do business with,” he said in an interview outside the Houses of Parliament. “This is not a crisis where we are looking for a quick fix,” he said. “We need a solution that will stick.”
Diplomatic and commercial ties were cut with the emirate on June 5 by tBottom of Form
he allies — Saudi Arabia, the U.A.E., Bahrain and Egypt. Until demands including downgrading relations with Iran, closing a Turkish military base, shutting down the pan-Arab satellite broadcaster Al Jazeera, and curtailing its support for the Muslim Brotherhood by Qatar are complied with, they have vowed not to restore them with the world’s biggest producer of liquefied natural gas. The bloc’s allegation that it funds terrorism was denied by Qatar and it has rebuffed the demands.
Only saying that financial institutions and “people being harbored and supported by Qatar” might be targeted, Gargash refused to give details of any further punitive measures being planned.
“We’ve said before that we are not going to escalate but we will take, here and there, measures that we need to take within our sovereign rights and within international law,” he said.
So far, there have been failed diplomatic efforts to end the Saudi-led bloc’s isolation of Qatar. The dispute may last “quite a while”, said U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson after four days of shuttle diplomacy between Gulf capitals last week. The sides are no closer to resolving the key demands made after the crisis started and still refuse to speak to each other directly.
And all this bickering and adhering to the stands taken by both the parties have resulted in a more entrenched public position of both the parties if not anything else. In a noted defiance of the allies’ call for it to pull out, Turkey, a key Qatari ally said on Monday that it was bulking up its military presence in Qatar.
The U.A.E. orchestrated the hacking of Qatari government websites in May to post pro-Iran comments that ultimately led to the feud, reported The Washington Post newspaper just hours before, citing unidentified U.S. intelligence officials, Turkey stepped up its defiance and made the announcement. All allegations of their country’s involvement in the hacking have been denied by U.A.E. officials on Monday.
(Adapted from Bloomberg)