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Will the Gulf Cooperation Council Survive the Saudi-Qatar Crisis?

26 June 2017

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic ties with Qatar last week, accusing it of supporting "terrorism", destabilizing the region and having close ties with Iran. Most likely, Qatar will make some concessions to return to the fold.

The summit included one bilateral meeting between the US and Saudi Arabia and two multilateral meetings, one between the members of the Gulf Cooperation Council and the other with Arab and Muslim countries. It was also meant to have a security component, with a defense council to coordinate military matters.

In an interview with Qatar's pan-Arab broadcaster Al Jazeera, Baker also came down hard on US President Donald Trump, whose country has been a longtime ally of Qatar.

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The US President insists Qatar funds and supports terrorism at a high level.

Saudi Arabia has closed Qatar's sole land border and joined other countries in cutting off sea traffic, leading panicked residents to stockpile food.

He also criticized Saudi Arabia and the UAE, both members of ICAO's governing council, for shutting down the airline's offices.

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The UAE General Aviation Authority said it is fully committed to the Chicago convention, but the state reserves the sovereign right under worldwide law to take any precautionary measures to protect its national security if necessary, according to UAE state news agency WAM.

Mogadishu has refused to side with the UAE, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia in their diplomatic offensive against Doha, despite pressures from the anti-Qatar camp.

The only flight avenue open at present is through Iranian airspace.

Qahtani also said the diplomatic efforts to resolve the dispute would continue.

"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.

Seeking to show its backing of Doha, Turkey has fast-tracked a previously planned deployment of soldiers and trainers to Qatar and has begun delivering food and other supplies by air.

Will the Gulf Cooperation Council Survive the Saudi-Qatar Crisis?