Qatar diplomatic crisisi

Several Arab nations (including Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Egypt and Yemen) abruptly cut diplomatic ties with Qatar on June 5, 2017.

  • Kuwait is the only Gulf Arab state to have an elected government but political turmoil has stalled reforms in one of the world’s largest producers of crude oil
  • ‘A decree from the Emir has been issued (to validate) the formation of the new government led by Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf al-Ahmad Al-Sabah,’ the government tweeted

Qatar has faced criticisms for its treatment of migrant workers, many of whom are involved in preparations for the 2022 World Cup, with campaigners accusing employers of exploitation.

The step is part of efforts to resolve a dispute that has split Qatar from its neighbours since 2017 and comes just before a summit of regional leaders.

Considering the Saudi-led economic blockade and its own marginal position in Opec, Qatar has wisely opted to focus on natural gas production, where it has an economic advantage.

The UAE demanded Qataris leave the country last year, but the International Court of Justice has ruled that families with Qatari members must be reunited, and Qatari students be allowed to complete studies in the UAE.

Its Middle Eastern neighbours tried to choke the small Gulf state, but in effect forced Qatar to find creative solutions, new trade routes, and push reforms at a faster pace.