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Qatar: Gulf crisis harming regional stability

November 6, 2018 at 9:14 am

The deterioration in Gulf ties is hindering efforts to resolve regional problems, Qatar’s Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani said today.

“The deteriorating Gulf relations are weakening our ability to solve regional problems,” he said in a speech to the country’s Shura Council.

“The security and stability of the Gulf and Arab countries will not be achieved by prejudicing their sovereignty,” he said. “History teaches us that crises will pass.”

Sheikh Tamim said the continuation of the Gulf crisis has exposed “the failure of the umbrella Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to achieve its goals and meet the aspirations of our people”.

A six-nation bloc of oil-rich Arab Gulf states, the GCC is composed of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Bahrain and Qatar.

In June of last year, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain severed ties with Doha, accusing it of supporting terrorism.

The Saudi-led axis also imposed an air, land and sea embargo on Qatar. Doha vehemently denies the allegations.

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