Qatar calls on United Nations to protect Gulf citizens' rights

Posted June 17, 2017

In what appeared to be a coordinated move, foreign office officials alleged Qatar was responsible for supporting the Islamic State group and al-Qaeda "at all levels" in an unprecedented diplomatic spat for the Gulf region.

But, Saudi joy at its diplomatic achievement was short-lived as its neighbour and partner in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Qatar, broke ranks.

Mr Faki warned that if the rift is allowed to escalate further, it could have adverse political, security and humanitarian implications for the Gulf states, Africa and global peace and security.

"Enough is enough, and our Qatari brothers can not continue to fund extremism and terrorise and incite and use hostile media and interfere with the affairs of other countries and still remain in good standing", he said, adding he expected a positive response that would move the region to a "better place". "Given Turkey's close relations with various parties in Libya", he added, "it can also help to find a solution there".

Which isn't to say that the deal doesn't make sense by the twisted logic of US Middle East policy. Saudi Arabia has since launched a concerted effort to isolate the tiny, peninsular nation. He could be seen by the world as Riyadh's protectorate of sorts by ensuring it had the most sophisticated US hardware available to protect itself.

"The Muslim majority nations in Africa feel that they need to make a decision for or against Qatar", Annette Weber, an expert on the Middle East and Africa at the German Institute for worldwide and Security Affairs said.

Qatar's detractors in Washington are mostly keen on punishing a country that won't get in line with the broader neoconservative project to contain Iran, a goal championed by the Saudis and cheered on by Trump.

The revelation of these prosecutions now is unlikely to sway the Saudi-led coalition, which last week named 59 individuals and 12 organizations it considers to be involved in terrorism and most, it said, with ties to Qatar.

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Saad Djebbar, an influential Palestinian lawyer based in London told Al Jazeera, that Jubeir's comments exposed the regional ambitions of the four countries leading the blockade against Qatar.

From the onset of the crisis, both Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis counseled conciliation, not confrontation.

How can Qatar end the crisis?

According to the message, Cavusoglu will visit Riyadh on June 16, and he will have a meeting with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

The June 5 announcement of the anti-Qatar blockade surprised the USA on several levels, officials said.

However, a few days later, the State Department insisted that the harsh economic sanctions are "hindering" the war effort.

Realpolitik determines that we must view the current geopolitical scenario objectively: A regional power backed by the United States, potentially undermined by a smaller power hosting a major military installation of the United States, is cause for concern in the continued operations that are internally and externally viewed as national interests for America at large.

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