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Differences in Gulf’s stances and ambiguous positions

Monday, 21 May 2018

There have been different Gulf positions regarding the Iranian nuclear deal and the US’ decision to withdraw from it. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain expressed a common position in separate statements while three other Gulf countries took different positions in which they are trying “to hold the stick from the middle.”The tripartite against IranWhat is the Gulf states’ stance from the US’ decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal between Iran and ...

Jameel al-Thiyabi

ICAO upholds UAE concerns over Qatari aviation safety violations

Saturday, 19 May 2018

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has voiced its support for concerns brought by the United Arab Emirates on the risks facing civil aviation safety due to Qatari military operations.The support came during an ICAO Council session held in Montreal on Friday in the presence of the UAE Ambassador to Canada Fahad Al Raqbani and the Director General of UAE General Civil Aviation Authority Saif Al Suwaidi.“In view of the serious incidents of civil aviation safety violation by ...

Qatari Emir thanks Iran for support in Gulf crisis

Friday, 18 May 2018

Qatar’s Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, on Thursday personally thanked Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani for his country’s support during Doha’s crisis, which has seen the emirate boycotted by neighboring former allies. In a telephone conversation, Sheikh Tamim and the Iranian leader also discussed ways of “boosting” relations between the two countries, according to a statement from Qatar News Agency. ALSO READ: Noose tightens around Qatar The emir ...

Details emerge of Qatari investor’s hawkish peddling in the US

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

A Qatari investor referenced in a series of tweets from Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti this week confirmed to CNN on Tuesday that he did attend meetings at Trump Tower in December 2016. "Mr. Al-Rumaihi was at Trump Tower on December 12, 2016. He was there in his then role as head of Qatar Investments, an internal division of QIA, to accompany the Qatari delegation that was meeting with Trump transition officials on that date," said a spokesperson for Sport Trinity, a ...

Qatar continues to play victim, doesn’t intend to resolve crisis, symposium told

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Qatar does not seem to have the intention to resolve the crisis with the Quartet in the foreseeable future and has instead pretended to play the role of the victim, analysts addressing a symposium held in Abu Dhabi said.The symposium – ‘Crisis in Qatar: A Year of Obstinacy’ – was told that the Qatari discourse is based on ideology of Brotherhood, Ba’athists and Iranians. The symposium was organized by Emirates Policy Centre.Addressing the symposium, Dr. Ebtesam ...

Report says 550 Indians stranded in Qatar for months

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

More than 550 Indians of a Doha-based construction company are said to be stranded in Qatar for months, a news report has revealed. According to The Hindu report, they are among the approximately 1,200 employees of the company and 526 of them fall under the category of labourers.“About 116 staff members have not received their salary since last September. The 1,100-odd personnel in the labour wing have not received their salary since January, and overtime since December. Assurances that ...

Ex-Nusra hostage Theo Padnos: Qatar’s ransom payouts were tactic to fund terror

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

An American journalist who was abducted in Syria by al-Qaeda-linked militants in 2012 has spoken of how Qatar’s efforts to secure his release in 2014 left him with concerns over the Gulf state’s funding of terrorism. Theo Padnos entered Syria hoping to write freelance news stories but was kidnapped by the Nusra Front militant group over allegations he was a spy. In an interview with Al Arabiya News Channel's current affairs program “Death Making”, Padnos said that Qatar ...

Noose tightens around Qatar

Monday, 14 May 2018

In June last year and days before Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain announced their decision to sever ties with Qatar, US President Donald Trump said that he had agreed with his secretary of state and military commanders on the need for Doha to cut its terrorism funding. “It is time to call on Qatar to stop supporting terrorism,” he said at the time. This was the first time that a US president had openly, firmly and directly called out an ally. For the past 11 ...

Salman al-Dosary

Iran, Qatar hold sixth joint economic committee meeting in Doha

Sunday, 13 May 2018

An Iranian delegation of 70 experts and businessmen from the private and public sectors by the country’s deputy minister of industry, mines and trade landed in Doha for a two-day meeting.The delegations lead by Mohammed Reza Fayyad said that during the joint-economic meeting in Doha, both countries are expected to discuss many of the outstanding issues, according to Iranian news agency IRNA.“There are five committees that hold specialized meetings to deal with various issues related ...

Stop funding pro-Iranian militias, White House tells Qatar

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Qatar has been told by the Trump administration to stop financial assistance to pro-Iranian militias in the Middle East after Doha’s dealings with these groups came out in the open. According to a report in the UK daily Telegraph, American officials are concerned about Doha’s connections to “a number of Iranian-sponsored militias,” whom Washington views as terrorist organizations. The new concerns were being voiced by the Americans after emails that originated from top ...

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