Saudi Arabia Gives Qatar 24 Hour Ultimatum As Analysts Warn Of "Military Confrontation"

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Shortly after imposing a naval blockade in the immediate  aftermath of the Qatar diplomatic crisis, one which left the small Gulf nation not only politically isolated and with severed ties to its neighbors but potentially locked out of maritime trade and crippling its oil and LNG exports, on Tuesday SkyNews Arabia reported that Saudi Arabia has given Qatar a 24 hours ultimatum, starting tonight, to fulfill 10 conditions that have been conveyed to Kuwait, which is currently involved in the role of a mediator between Saudi and Qatar.

According to media report, among the key demands by Saudi Arabia is that Qatar end all ties Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas.

While there was little additional information on the Ultimatum and more importantly what happens should Qatar not comply, Al Jazeera reported that Kuwait's emir, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, left Saudi Arabia on Tuesday after holding mediation talks with the Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz to try to defuse an escalating crisis between Arab countries and Qatar. No details were given on the talks.

In addition to Saudi Arabia's aggressive approach, Egypt's Foreign Ministry accused Qatar of taking an "antagonist approach" towards Cairo and said "all attempts to stop it from supporting terrorist groups failed". Qatar denied the allegations, with a Foreign Ministry statement describing them as "baseless" on Monday.

Speaking to Al Jazeera, analyst Giorgio Cafiero of Gulf State Analytics, a geopolitical risk consultancy based in Washington, DC, said: "I think the Kuwaitis as well as Omanis ... fear the prospects of these tensions escalating in ways which could undermine the interest of all six members of the GCC.

"There are many analysts who believe that a potential break-up of the GCC has to be considered right now."

"If these countries fail to resolve their issues and such tensions reaches new heights, we have to be very open to the possibility of these six Arab countries no longer being able to unite under the banner of one council," said Cafiero.

He added that if tension escalates, some have warned of a "military confrontation".

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lakecity55's picture

"....yes, Big Pink. Your own Island Nation of Cutter. You can install one of the zillions of crown princes in the Big Chair."
"OK. Deal. Pinky shake."

jet20's picture

How Trump can even brag about giving the terrorist bullies of Saudi Arabia an even bigger leash is beyond me.

But apparently bullies do as bullies say.

lakecity55's picture

It's a ploy to keep Pink Salmon out of hot water and put the blame on Cutter, even though Cutter is also guilty.


lakecity55's picture

Sheik Yerbouti is in big trouble with Pink Salmon.

"Look, Yerbouti, it's your job to keep the heat off of The Kingdom!"
"You're a phony and a bully, Big Pink. I'm calling my Iranian buds."
"Do that and I'll order the Americans to leave their base and attack! Look at this Secret Agreement. The Don says I have the Authority to control the US Forces in Cutter!"

SmittyinLA's picture

Muslim Brotherhood, that would be Obamas friends, Hillarys donors and Huma Abedin's people right?

Weinerboy's wife, America is getting dragged into war over Weinerboy's wife's fucking drama.

Heads gonna roll!

moorewasthebestbond's picture

"If he fires one, I'll fire one!"



miketv's picture

Saudis not even hiding their backing of Israel anymore.


SmittyinLA's picture

Israelis are playing everybody, it's like watching Pele' play soccer

SmittyinLA's picture

Qatar should counter offer Huma's head and a 1/2 off coupon at Olive Garden

Wahooo's picture

Pigs will fly into ramadan meals before that happens.

dogismycopilot's picture

Qatari sympathisers to face fine, jail 

Legal action will be taken against those who threaten the stability of UAE, says Attorney-General


15 years and be slapped with a fine of not less than half a million dirhams.

In a statement issued to Arabic media on Wednesday early morning, Counsellor Dr Hamad Saif Al Shamsi, UAE Attorney-General, announced that the UAE has taken a firm stance against Qatar's hostile and irresponsible policies.


“Strict and firm action will be taken against anyone who shows sympathy or any form of bias towards Qatar, or against anyone who objects to the position of the United Arab Emirates, whether it be through the means of social media, or any type of written, visual or verbal form,” said Al Shamsi.  

The Federal Public Prosecution also announced that according to the Federal Penal Code and the Federal law decree on Combating Information Technology Crimes, anyone who threaten the interests, national unity and stability of the UAE will face a jail term from three to 15 years, and a fine not less than Dh500,000 ($135K)

Wahooo's picture

I stand with Persia. May the saudi heads roll and roll and roll.

robertocarlos's picture

Big football game coming to the ME soon.

LA_Goldbug's picture

How the Game is played. An old example

"Joseph Burkholder Smith was a former CIA officer involved with the Indonesian operations during this period. In his book, Portrait of a Cold Warrior, he described how the CIA took it upon themselves to make, not just to enact, policy in this area:

before any direct action against Sukarno's position could be taken, we would have to have the approval of the Special Group-the small group of top National Security Council officials who approved covert action plans. Premature mention of such an idea might get it shot down ...

So we began to feed the State Department and Defense departments intelligence ... When they had read enough alarming reports, we planned to spring the suggestion we should support the colonels' plan to reduce Sukarno's power. This was a method of operation which became the basis of many of the political action adventures of the 1960s and 1970s. In other words, the statement is false that CIA undertook to intervene in the affairs of countries like Chile only after being ordered to do so ... In many instances, we made the action programs up ourselves after we had collected enough intelligence to make them appear required by the circumstance. Our activity in Indonesia in 1957-1958 was one such instance.

When the Ambassador to Indonesia wrote Washington of his explicit disagreements with the CIA's handling of the situation, Allen Dulles had his brother John Foster appoint a different Ambassador to Indonesia, one more accepting of the CIA's activities.

In addition to the paramilitary activities, the CIA tried psychological warfare tricks to discredit Sukarno, such as passing rumors that he had been seduced by a Soviet stewardess. To that end, Sheffield Edwards, head of the CIA's Office of Security, enlisted the Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department to help with a porno movie project the CIA was making to use against Sukarno, ostensibly showing Sukarno in the act. Others involved in these efforts were Robert Maheu, and Bing Crosby and his brother. "

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

Trump, was not all show and circus when he met with 50 muslem heads of state..

they bowed to him! while the last president was sent for coffee and towels when he went there..

muslem's paid up, and now this..but no no Trump is some idiot and dumb..



40MikeMike's picture



Boweled...NOT bowed.


Obama pulled double duty. He was also the bathroom attendant according to reporters. He was overjoyed, also according to reports.



Mariner33's picture

The famous photo of BadCrack Obama bowing deep to the Saudi King was misinterpreted:  BadCrack Barry was looking for his zipper to pull out and engulf his schlong.

Fake Trump's picture

Trump will supply arms to Saudi. Right?

justinius1969's picture

no need for that.. they have plenty already.

Last of the Middle Class's picture

All your gaz fields are belong to us!

Mariner33's picture

Qatar has been "cruising for a bruising" for some time now.  This was a very bad policy and could only end up this way.  Too big for their britches, the Emir was out of his depth.  This nonsense was OK during the Obama years, but things have totally changed.  Hillary has offered assuage the Emir from this pain and humiliation with her physical charms, but was told, "No thanks".  But send in some of Bill and his buddy's butt boys.

Raul44's picture

"...among the key demands by Saudi Arabia is that Qatar end all ties Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas." >> in other words, "stop supporting Palestinians in their self determination". Guess who ordered it, Saudies must have been promised a place in the future world.

Shue's picture

I see, Zerohedge is now spreading fake news too.