Remember that there was a referendum in Turkey in mid-April, proposed 18 constitutional changes that give President Erdogan new and enhanced powers. The incident, first reported by Australia's Seven Network broadcaster, happened on October 2 and came to light after a number of affected Australian passengers spoke out. , On 18 September 2018, Qatar finalised a deal to purchase Eurofighter Typhoon and BAE Hawk aircraft in a deal reported as being worth £5Bn. The State of Qatar expressed Monday its condemnation of the great escalation of populist rhetoric inciting the abuse of religions and affirmed its total rejection of all forms of hate speech based on belief, race or religion. Qatar offered to help fund the expansion of facilities at US bases in Qatar. But we don’t have that. " A six-member Qatari delegation headed by a special envoy of the Qatari Emir visited Pakistan and asked Pakistan to play a positive role in resolving the diplomatic crisis former, and the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, was quoted as saying that "Pakistan would do 'all it can' to help resolve the crisis," as well as calling on the Muslim world to play a role in ending hostilities. The AP report is based on interviews with more than two dozen people and hundreds of pages of leaked emails. So the Turks have taken up this challenge, though it has been somewhat awkward for them, after a number of years, particularly after the coup in Egypt in 2013, to essentially wreck Turkey’s relations with the rest of the region because Turkey was so outspoken against Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the leader in Egypt, and took in so many members of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and helped the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood set up media platforms from which to delegitimize Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. Qatar, along with Turkey, has supported Islamist organizations open to democracy, such as the Muslim Brotherhood. , On 21 June 2017, Trump told a crowd in Iowa that "We cannot let these incredibly rich nations fund radical Islamic terror or terrorism of any kind", noting that after his visit to Riyadh in May 2017 to meet with Saudi King Salman and urge an end to terror funding, "He has taken it to heart. And when somebody tries to do it, there’s all kinds of criticism about its implications and ramifications. And as I think we noted, it didn’t blow up—(inaudible). The question is—the question is, why should the U.S. government come down on one side or another of a sectarian—of an ancient sectarian split in the Arab world, in the Muslim world? The hostages were released eighteen months later in April 2017. ", "Why UAE ambassador is so much influential in DC", "Saudi central bank tells banks not to trade with Qatar banks in Qatari riyals: sources" Archived 3 October 2017 at the, Switzerland backs Kuwaiti efforts to resolve Gulf crisis, Brennan, Margaret and Kylie Atwood. But part of pushing back on Iran is to get the alliance in the region to have—lessen diplomatic and economic ties to Iran. I mean, the Israelis are, obviously, following this very closely.  Qatar and NATO have previously signed a security agreement together in January 2018. However, after Tillerson was notified of the plan by Qatari intelligence officials, he reportedly urged Saudi Arabia’s King Salman not to carry out the attack and also encouraged Defense Secretary James Mattis to explain the dangers of such an invasion to his counterparts in the kingdom, it said. Sheikh Tamim also said his country has not reached a deal yet over the purchase of Russia’s most advanced air defenve missile system, after French newspaper Le Monde reported that Qatar might be on the verge of buying the S-400 missile system. But that seems to me unlikely. Qatar calls decision by Gulf nations and Egypt ‘unjustified’, saying allegations against Doha have ‘no basis in fact’. There’s still a lot of mistrust between them.  What outraged Saudi Arabia and the UAE was the amount of money Qatar paid to secure the deal. Qatar's foreign minister is expected to write to his Australian counterpart about the incident this week. On May 7, the Ministry of Finance reported that Qatar is estimated to go from a deficit of 1.6 percent of its GDP in 2017 to a surplus of 2.8 percent of GDP in 2018. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates informally warned the bankers not to have close relations with Doha or else there would be consequences. And if you aren’t prepared for those ramifications, then you should dispense with the slogan. This is not the first time two Arab countries have had a spat. Instead, Qatar was forced to reroute flights to Africa and Europe through Iranian airspace.  A number of countries in the region, including Turkey, Russia and Iran, called for the crisis to be resolved through peaceful negotiations. But I think, overall—and again, the Iranians also have much to answer for—I think we have gotten caught in the framing that the Saudis and the Iranians prefer, which is a sectarian one. Katara International Hunting and Falcons Exhibition (S’hail 2020). There has been a rather robust set of relations between the Turkish government and Hamas, and quite obviously the Muslim Brotherhood in particular after the coup in Egypt in 2013.  Qatar has allowed the Afghan Taliban to set up a political office inside the country.  The suspension was later fully lifted on 15 June. They were later joined by Jordan and were supported by the Maldives, Mauritania, Senegal, Djibouti, the Comoros, Yemen, and the Tobruk-based government in Libya.  Qatar is a close ally of the United States, hosting the largest American base in the Middle East, Al Udeid Air Base.. TAKEYH: (Inaudible)—think about this. , On 22 June 2017, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt and Bahrain issued Qatar a list of 13 demands through Kuwait, which is acting as a mediator, that Qatar should agree in full within 10 days, which expired on 2 July 2017. , On 5 July, foreign ministers from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain met in Cairo after receiving a response from Qatar to their list of demands. Revoking Qatari citizenship for existing nationals where such citizenship violates those countries' laws. It is not inclined to just bow to the Saudis. No, that’s—go ahead. They at one point floated the idea of Al Khalifa’s older brother Abdulaziz.