It has been three weeks since a dispute divided Gulf Arab states. The fight between Qatar and Saudi Arabia became one of the most serious challenges of global balance. The tensions sparked from the moment the United Arab Emirates together with the Saudis terminated important diplomatic relations with Qatar. The pretext was the latter’s involvement with terrorists. The friction escalated recently as Qatar might be liable for punitive payments.
Gulf Arab States Might Impose Economic Sanctions to Qatar
An Emirati diplomat, Omar Saif Ghobash, tackled his recent home tensions during an interview in London. The official stated that the United Arab Emirates are considering applying certain economic sanctions to the capital of Qatar, Doha.
One of the hints he gave was to force their trading partners to an ultimatum. They might have to choose one side and eliminate the other from their business. This means that Qatar’s expulsion from the Gulf Cooperation Council will not remain the only punishment for its decisions.
“There are certain economic sanctions that we can take which are being considered right now.”
Qatar Needs to Address Several Demands to Cancel the Embargo
On the other hand, the United States is stepping into its world leader shoes to mitigate the issue. Senator Bob Corker suggested that the way to reconciliation is only through stopping arms sales in the region.
The Gulf Arab states have already issued their requirements that Qatar should respect in order to exit the embargo. Some of these imperatives included the discharge of news network Al Jazeera, cutting connections to Islamist organizations, provide transparency regarding funds directed to political dissidents, and shutting down a Turkish military base.
On the other hand, these demands conceal a source of humiliation for the sovereign country and might remain unmet. Not only Qatar, but other Gulf states as well need to follow some of the above guidelines in order to vanquish extremist organizations.
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