(June 5, 2017) Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirate, Bahrain, Yemen ,Egypt and lastly Maldives have cut off diplomatic ties with country of Qatar, said to be one of the worst diplomatic crisis to hit the Gulf states in decades.
The countries accuse Qatar of supporting terrorism and destabilizing their region and Qatar is saying that the accusations are “unjustified”.
Flights to Qatar from these countries have been suspended, ships bearing Qatar flag are not allowed to call at port, trucks with food to Qatar from Saudi Arabia are stuck at borders and Qataris citizens are given two weeks to depart.
Qatar is host to one of the US biggest military base in the Middle East, Udeid Air Base with some 11,000 US military personnel. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urges the respective countries to work out their differences. “It is important that GCC remain unified,” and offered US assistance in helping to address their concerns.
Last month, President Tommy E. Remengesau accepted credentials of non-resident Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ali Ibrahim A.I. Al-Malki of the State of Qatar to the Republic of Palau.
Qatar, one of the Gulf States, has a population of 2.7 million, a GDP of $166.9 billion (nominal 2015)and a highest per capita in the world of $71,000. Petroleum and liquefied gas are the cornerstones of Qatar economy.
This diplomatic crisis is expected to impact food and flights to this small country. [/restrict]