Gulf Crisis With Qatar Challenges The United States

Posted June 30, 2017

Speaking from Washington, where he held talks with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday, Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani said the Saudi position was unacceptable.

But the US will be central to finding compromises that would do little damage but allow each side to claim a win, said Hussein Ibish, a scholar on Gulf affairs at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington.

The U.S., which urges a diplomatic solution to the crisis, has been pushing for a list of grievances that are "reasonable and actionable".

Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and other countries accused Qatar of funding extremist organisations.

"I don't know that that's for the State Department to weigh in at that level, because ultimately, these parties have to live with the decisions and the agreements that they make", she said.

The Qatari response to the demands came 48 hours after the list was handed to Doha. Mr. Sohrabi wisely mentions that we also need to be aware of the 11,000 troops in USA military base troops in Qatar., After the explosion in Dhahran, American military were shifted toin Qatar and since from then on Qatar is one of the largest USA military bases in the region exists in Qatar and therefor all this hazard can't be without any cooperation.

Gulf states are now looking to impose a list of trade sanctions that would target states and companies dealing with Qatar, in order to escalate pressure on Doha and force it to implement the list of 13 demands submitted by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain.

The UAE's ambassador Omar Ghobash to Russian Federation has said on Wednesday that Qatar could face fresh sanctions if it does not comply with the demands. Qatar has rejected numerous terms as foreign interference.

The list of thirteen demands to which Qatar must respond within ten days appears to reflect longstanding desires - although not publicly stated until very recently - by Riyadh and Abu Dhabi, of which Doha has been dismissive. At the start of the crisis, Kuwait also pointed out that Qatar needs to understand the "fears and reservations of its brothers". The list was regarded as an illegal attempt to limit Qatar's sovereignty and control its foreign policy.

The US has adopted a hands-off approach to the regional crisis, although reports suggest that Washington's desire to put pressure on Tehran is at the heart of Riyadh's ongoing aggression toward Doha. He also raised the possibility of expelling Qatar from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which he said was certainly under discussion.

The foreign minister met with U.S. secretary of state Rex Tillerson this week, as did Saudi counterpart Adel al-Jubeir. He quickly followed that with a meeting with Kuwait Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah Al-Sabah, whose country has taken on the official role of mediator.