EU backs Kuwaiti efforts to end Gulf crisis

Claudine Rigal
Juin 20, 2017

"Qatar will realize that this is a new state of affairs and isolation can last years", Anwar Gargash UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs told a group of reporters in Paris.

In recent weeks, Qatar has been subject of a massive isolation drive led by Saudi Arabia and other neighboring Gulf countries. Qatar has also re-routed its flights over Turkey and Oman. The crisis has raised major concerns over instability in the region.

The exercises aim to raise "Qatari and Turkish fighting efficiency amid plans for joint operations to fight extremism and terrorism, as well as peacekeeping operations before and after military operations", said the statement in Arabic.

The forces conducted their first training at Tariq bin Ziyad military base on Sunday, the ministry said.

The European Union (EU) wants a swift de-escalation to the ongoing diplomatic crisis between Qatar and other Arab states, European Union (EU) foreign ministers said yesterday, stressing their support for mediation efforts by Kuwait, DPA said.

According to the minister, any issue not related to the interests shared by the countries comprising the Gulf Cooperation Council are considered by Qatar to be internal matters and, therefore, not subject to negotiation.

Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) Vice President (Marketing) Randy Tinseth told Reuters that despite the crisis, the U.S. manufacturer has not yet seen any "significant" changes to its Middle Eastern customers' order books. Two days after the sanctions were imposed, its parliament fast-tracked legislation to allow more troops to be deployed to Qatar, where about 90 Turkish soldiers are stationed under a 2014 agreement. Saudi Arabia sealed Qatar's only land border, a key route for food imports. Moreover, his pro-Israeli advisors devised the plan and Trump backed it publicly.

The four Arab states announced an air embargo against Qatar earlier this month in retaliation for what they claim is the gas-producing state's support for terrorist groups and Iran. After the Muslim Brotherhood won a democratic election in Egypt, the US, Saudis and Israel colluded to overthrow it.

The center was started by Qatar's government to foster investment in the Gulf emirate's financial system.

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