Published: Fri, June 16, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Settlement, Soft Coup, Realignment or Regional War: 4 Scenarios for Qatar Crisis


Morocco, a close ally of the Gulf countries, says it will remain neutral and offers to facilitate dialogue.

"Our reserves and investment funds are more than 250 percent of gross domestic product, so I don't think there is any reason that people need to be concerned about what's happening or any speculation on the Qatari riyal".

Despite the country being at the centre of a diplomatic crisis which has seen Qatar cut off politically - and economically - from neighbouring Gulf countries, organisers were unworried, said the source. Kuwait has been involved in trying to mediate the dispute.

The boss of Qatar Airways has accused the US of fanning the flames of a dispute between the country and its Gulf neighbors.

Bahrain, the Maldives, and Egypt recently broke off ties with Qatar, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism, an accusation that the Qatari government denies.

Pakistan's prime minister and army chief arrived in Saudi Arabia, where they hope to help ease tensions related to the diplomatic crisis.

Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies have reportedly been angered by the sometimes critical coverage they receive from Al Jazeera. But this hasn't washed with Saudi Arabia and its allies.

The isolation of Qatar - labelled a "blockade" by Doha political leaders - also has potentially severe economic implications.

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Doha has vehemently denied the allegations, suggesting the decision to sever ties was pre-meditated and based on "fabricated claims".

Iran's Foreign Ministry has urged the Arab nations who have cut ties to Qatar to negotiate an end to the crisis. The US President insists Qatar funds and supports terrorism at a high level.

"Pakistan believes in unity among Muslim states and has made serious efforts for its promotion", said foreign office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria.

The UAE had served as a central stopping point in cargo shipments.

FILE - In this Monday, June 5, 2017 file photo, provided by Doha News, shoppers stock up on supplies at a supermarket in Doha, Qatar after Saudi Arabia closed its land border with Qatar, through which the tiny Gulf nation imports most of its food.

Gulf Arab states have issued no public demands to Qatar, but a list that has been circulating includes severing diplomatic ties with Iran, expulsion of all members of the Palestinian Hamas group and the Muslim Brotherhood, the freezing of all bank accounts of Hamas members, ending support for "terrorist organizations" and ending interference in Egyptian affairs.

Qatar's Hamad Port is 420 nautical miles from Sohar Port and 1,131 nautical miles from Salalah.

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