Qatar says the demands presented by Saudi Arabia and three of its allies that have imposed a blockade on Doha are not "realistic", as the unprecedented diplomatic crisis in the Persian Gulf region seems headed for a stalemate.
Iran and Turkey have reportedly increased their support for Qatar by shipping thousands of tons of foodstuffs to the Persian Gulf state, which has been under an economic siege by Saudi Arabia and a number of its allies.
An Egyptian court has overruled a previous verdict authorizing the transfer of two strategic Egyptian islands to Saudi Arabia, something President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has agreed to in a controversial deal with Riyadh.
Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani has slammed Saudi Arabia for working covertly with Israel, saying all Riyadh’s actions in the region serve the Tel Aviv regime’s interests and are to the detriment of Muslim nations.
US President Donald Trump has offered to help resolve a worsening diplomatic crisis between Qatar and several Arab countries in the Middle East, a day after praising a move by Saudi Arabia and its allies to cut diplomatic relations with Doha.
Saudi Arabia and its satellites have repeatedly put their neighbor Qatar on notice, but never as severely as this. In 2014, they temporarily recalled their ambassadors from the tiny, rich Persian Gulf statelet: but on June 5th, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain announced they were not only severing diplomatic relations with Qatar, but their air, sea and land links too—meaning that Qatar’s only land border is to be closed. Panic buying is already reported in Qatari shops. Qataris must leave Saudi Arabia within days, and will henceforth be denied entry. For good measure the ambitious young Saudi defense minister and deputy crown prince, Muhammad bin Salman, expelled Qatar’s 1,000-strong force from the coalition he leads against Houthis in Yemen.
‘We must not allow sides to use Iran’s card against each other’
The decision made by some Arab nations, including Saudi Arabia, to sever ties with Qatar is dominating headlines around the world.
In an interview with Iranian website khabaronline.ir, former Iranian ambassador to the UAE and France, Hamid-Reza Asefi, discussed the outcomes of cutting ties between Doha and other Arab countries, as well as Iran’s stance on the issue.
Asefi warned that the ongoing conflict is the tip of the iceberg, which could lead to dire consequences in the region. He said Iran should spare no effort to settle the crisis in a bid to prevent the escalation of tensions.