A power struggle between Persian Gulf states

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Shafaqnq- A power struggle has grown more intense among the Persian Gulf States. A case in point is the current conflict between Saudi Arabia (and the UAE) and Qatar. 

“The European Union (EU) supports Kuwait efforts to mediate between the two sides in the hope of ending the worst crisis in the history of the Persian Gulf region”, High Representative of European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Council, Frederica Mogherini, said.

Mogherini called for “dialogue” between all Persian Gulf countries involved in the rift.

“The unity of the Persian Gulf would not only serve the security and stability of the region, but it serves the overall interests of the international community,” the EU official stressed.

On 5 June 2017, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt severed relations with Qatar and imposed a blockade on it, alleging it supports terrorism. Charges Doha vehemently denies, Middle East Monitor reported.

The government of Qatar is taking the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to the UN International Court of Justice (ICJ) over what it described as human rights violations, according to the official Qatar News Agency (QNA).

“As set forth in detail in Qatar’s application to the International Court, the UAE led these actions, which have had a devastating effect on the human rights of Qataris and residents of Qatar,” the government said , Aljazeera reported.

Since then, Kuwait has been leading mediation efforts to heal the year-long rift but has been unable to achieve a breakthrough.

Qatar’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani accused the countries imposing a blockade on Doha of obstructing Kuwaiti mediation efforts.

Speaking during a lecture in Doha, the minister said the blockade imposed on his country was a “cover” for internal changes in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

“Qatar is dealing with the crisis in a civilised way under guidance from the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani,” the minister said, adding that hours before the siege was imposed nothing indicated that such a measure would be taken.

The Qatari minister stressed that “the Middle East has changed after the Persian Gulf crisis”.

The minister said the government did not want for any citizen or resident to be affected by the consequences of the blockade. He also noted that his country always welcomes dialogue.

 

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