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

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He said Pakistan has good relations with Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE and other Gulf countries and it should play a positive role to end the current standoff developing in the region.

On June 5, Saudi Arabia, followed by the UAE, Bahrain, and Egypt suddenly cut ties with Qatar, accusing Doha of supporting and financing terrorism in the Middle East.

Qatar and container lines have launched new shipping services via Oman in an effort to sidestep a port ban in neighbouring countries and secure a food lifeline after other Gulf states severed ties with Doha last week.

While praising Qatar's restraint during the crisis, he added: "In finding a resolution, I call on Qatar to take seriously their neighbours' concerns".

"Turkish troops are coming to Qatar for the sake of the securıty of the entire region", Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani told reporters last Thursday.

Addressing lawmakers of the ruling Justice and Development Party in Ankara, Erdogan said "depriving Qatari people from food and water, travel, or worship is inhumane, non-Islamic". "If we're going to lose a dollar, they will lose a dollar also".

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Qatar Airways on Monday called on the UN's aviation body to declare a Gulf boycott against the carrier "illegal" and a violation of a 1944 convention on worldwide air transport.

However, after diplomatic relations were broken off on June 5, the three member States of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) made a decision to close their air, maritime and land borders, in addition to cancelling flights among their countries and expelling Qatari residents.

Qatar's finance minister said on Monday the world's richest country per capita has the resources to endure and played down the economic toll of the confrontation.

Asked whether Qatar might need to raise money by selling off stakes in large Western companies held by its sovereign wealth fund, Emadi indicated this was not on the cards at present.

Three ships loaded with 350 tonnes of food were also set to leave an Iranian port for Qatar, the Tasnim news agency quoted a local official as saying.

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