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Gulf Country Problem: Trump Seeking To Cool Environment Among The Gulf States

Gulf Country Problem: Trump Seeking To Cool Environment Among The Gulf States

On June 5th this year, the above-mentioned countries in the Gulf, severed diplomatic ties with Qatar citing the latter's support for extremist groups and terrorist organizations, as well as meddling in other countries' affairs.

Qatar faces further isolation and possible expulsion from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) if its response to a list of demands made almost two weeks ago is not satisfactory, state-backed Gulf media said on Wednesday.

The bloc's demands to Qatar include shutting down the Al Jazeera channel and scaling down ties with Iran, as well as handing over individuals wanted for terrorism and aligning itself politically and economically Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC).

According to reports, the process of freezing Qatar's membership of the GCC could be initiated by a single member of the six-nation bloc, the GCC's statute says.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry has blamed Qatar for "human suffering" in Syria and Libya in an exclusive interview with CNN.

"We are today at a new situation after the Qatari rejection, and it is a rejection that will not pass without a price, and Qatar alone bears responsibility for this reaction".

He added that economic boycott against Qatar will remain until the country changes its policies for the better.

The countries said in a joint statement earlier that they would respond "in a timely manner" to Qatar's reply.

Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani maintained that the list of 13 demands, delivered on June 22, was unacceptable.

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According to Arab News, they are expected to meet next in Bahrain.

Following Qatar's defiance the four countries said they would be increasing sanctions on Qatar, which is already reeling from a land, air and sea blockade imposed on it since the crisis erupted approximately a month ago.

Qatar is accused of destabilising the region by supporting extremism and terrorism - which it denies.

"I know that this message will not be well received in some of our neighbouring capitals, but there are serious problems in the Middle East region, and silencing Qatar will not solve them", Sheikh Mohammed said at Chatham House in London.

The comments are coming a day after the expiration of a 48-hour deadline extension recommended by Kuwait to allow Qatar comply with set demands tabled before it which Doha has rejected.

They did not elaborate on what steps they could take, though a major credit rating agency warned it had changed Qatar's economic outlook to negative over the turmoil. It is a dispute between several other Arabian states and the small yet rich country of Qatar, and now the U.S. president is seeking to resolve the dispute by igniting talks among the states.

Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump spoke to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, asking him to urge all parties "to negotiate constructively", reported AFP.

The think tank has called for a public inquiry into the role of Saudi Arabia and other Gulf nations.

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