Jubeir leads Saudi delegation at GCC summit in Kuwait

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir is heading his country's delegation to the 38th Gulf summit in Kuwait, Kuwait Television reported on Tuesday. Kuwait’s official television showed footage of the Saudi foreign minister with the emir of Kuwait at the hall where the summit is taking place. Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash is also leading the UAE’s delegation to the summit. Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani arrived in Kuwait to participate ...

Qatar foreign minister joins GCC counterparts in Kuwait meeting

Monday, 4 December 2017

Qatar's foreign minister met his Gulf Arab counterparts on Monday ahead of an annual summit in Kuwait, one of the highest official encounters since some of them cut diplomatic, trade and travel links with Doha six months ago. Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said a day earlier that Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani would attend the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) meeting on Dec. 5 and 6, despite the dispute within the group. The rift revolves ...

Saudi foreign minister: We have more important issues than the Qatar crisis

Monday, 20 November 2017

The Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir has said that Qatar’s crisis is small matter and there are more important matters to attend to. Some of the threats that Jubeir mentioned include the Iranian threat to Arab national security, the fights against terrorism, the Syrian crisis, Libya, Yemen’s stability, internal development, implementing Vision 2030 in Saudi Arabia and reform. Jubeir stressed that "we need not to concern ourselves with the Qatari subject." ...

Qatar’s history: A struggle for power among the Al Thani family

Saturday, 18 November 2017

An Al Arabiya documentary sheds light on Qatar's long standing history of power struggle among its ruling family. The documentary addresses how former Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa seized power through a coup and how this did not come as a surprise as most of those who ruled before him seized power via the same approach. Hamad’s ambition though went beyond Qatar and the Gulf and extended to the Arab world. To achieve his dream, he established new and contradictory alliances, ...

US to monitor Qatar’s charitable systems and suspicious financial transfers

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Qatar has agreed to increase efforts in cooperation with the United States to stop terrorists from receiving financing, the Trump administration announced Monday.Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced the new agreement following an overseas meeting with Qatari officials, according to the Washington Examiner.It was the second trip to Qatar in a week by a Cabinet-level official, following Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s most recent travel.The meetings are part of a Trump ...

Qatar’s official nonsense

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

The Qatari emir has surprised me by what he said this week in interview with CBS. But, when it comes from Qatar then it is shouldn’t actually come as a surprise. Sheikh Tamim is trying to show the world that the boycotting countries do not want to begin dialogue because they only want a regime change. He tried to appear as if he is ready to have dialogue and make concessions. But what has Qatar done in the last five months to show this?He continued giving hints about sovereignty, claiming ...

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Bahrain FM: Qatar aims to weaken, undermine GCC

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa tweeted “Qatari media targeting the GCC and its secretary-general confirms Qatar’s lack of respect for the council, with it’s goal being to weaken and undermine it,” on Tuesday on his official account. Earlier, GCC Secretary-General, Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, expressed his condemnation of what he called the “irresponsible media attacks carried out by some Qatari news outlets toward the GCC, ...

Bahrain will not attend any summit unless Qatar ‘returns to its senses’

Monday, 30 October 2017

Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa has said on Monday that Manama will not attend any summit unless Qatar “returns to its senses”. “Qatar has shown a lack of respect for the charters, treaties and their policies aimed at the security of the Gulf,” the king said in a statement on Monday. “It is time to take firm action against those who are abroad,” he added. This comes a day after Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa tweeted ...

Saudi FM Jubeir on future of Gulf rift: ‘The matter is up to Qatar’

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir affirmed that the kingdom supports the position of US President Donald Trump on Iran, saying that the nuclear agreement contains several shortcomings.This came during his participation on Tuesday in a panel discussion organized by the British Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham House) on "the future turbulence in the world."Asked about the latest developments in the Qatar crisis and the lack of commitment of Doha to implement the ...

How the Qatar crisis became a priority in the Trump White House

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Accusations over Qatar’s support of terrorism, which has led Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries to sever ties with Doha, have become a chief concern of American national security, according to figures close to President Donald Trump. “I think the single most important thing that’s happening in the world is the situation in Qatar,” former Trump strategist Steve Bannon said Monday. “What’s happening in Qatar is every bit as important as what’s ...

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