Mumbai to Marrakech | A newsletter on the Middle East | Edition 5 | Are we counting days to the end of Qatar’s blockade?

Mumbai to Marrakech

Edition 5: December 9, 2020

By Madhuvanthi Srinivasan

Are we counting days to the end of Qatar’s blockade?

On Friday, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan al Saud- hinting at a possible resolution of the dispute with Qatar- said, “We have made significant progress in the last few days thanks to the continuing efforts of Kuwait. We hope this progress can lead to a final agreement which looks within reach & I can say I am somewhat optimistic that we’re close to finalizing an agreement between all the nations in the dispute.” The Saudi Foreign Minister’s last tweet, in fact, is in appreciation of the Kuwaiti & American roles in resolving the crisis.

In 2017, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Bahrain snapped ties with Qatar over allegations of “interference in internal affairs & supporting terrorism.” This was followed by the quartet sealing land, sea borders and air spaces, ousting Qatari nationals from their respective countries and calling back their citizens residing in Qatar. Doha was presented with a set of 13 demands for the resolution of the crisis, shortly after the blockade began, which included the shutting down of the Al Jazeera TV news network, closing down of the Turkish military base & reconsidering its ties with Iran. Doha, back then, rejected any demand that undermined its sovereignty.

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