Qatar Blockade To Continue After Arab States Slam "Negative" Response To Ultimatum

Foreign ministers from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain released statements following a meeting in Cairo on Wednesday, after the latest deadline they had set to Qatar expired on Tuesday night.

The four Arab nations, locked in a diplomatic crisis with Qatar, dismissed Doha’s response to their demands as “not serious” and pledged to continue to keep the Gulf state under political and economic sanctions until it changes its policies. They also “expressed regret with regards to the negative response from Qatar, which showed complacency and non-seriousness to deal with the root of the problem and reconsider their policies and practices.”

Arab Foreign Ministers meet to discuss the diplomatic situation with Qatar, in Cairo, Egypt.

Speaking to reporters, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri said that Qatar’s response to the four Arab states’ list of demands, which was passed on via intermediary Kuwait on Monday, was “generally negative” and failed to “lay the foundation for Qatar's reversal of the policies it pursues.”

He added that Qatar’s reply "lacked content", and that it was no "longer possible to tolerate Qatari acts." Shukri also accused Qatar of failing “to realize the gravity of the situation,” according to AP.

Separately, the Saudi Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al Jubeir says the alliance will weigh more measures against Qatar, and reserves the right to take action when appropriate. He also made it clear that “this is not a response to the Kuwait letter” so something more formal may follow as “consultations are ongoing."  He also said that the Boycott will continue until Qatar changes policy, adding that it was no surprise that Iran is trying to get closer to Qatar, while expressing hopes that Turkey will remain neutral.

In other words, it appears that while nothing firm was decided, “the boycott will continue until Qatar changes policy” according to the Saudi.

The Saudi-led alliances will meet again in Manama, Bahrain to discuss next steps.

Earlier in the day, Qatar's Foreign Minister accused four Arab neighbors of "clear aggression" against his country. Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said charges cited by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt in cutting diplomatic and transport links a month ago "were clearly designed to create anti-Qatar sentiment in the west".

"Qatar continues to call for dialogue despite the violation of international laws and regulations, despite the separation of 12,000 families, despite the siege that is a clear aggression and an insult to all international treaties, bodies and jurisdictions," he told a meeting at London's Chatham House think-tank.

Qatar “wasn’t built on oppression, fear, censorship, has an independent view on global and regional events,” the official added. Also, the country successfully “mediated in 10 international portfolios in the course of the last 8 years,” without “interfering in the internal affairs of others.”

Qatar remains “open for dialogue, not an ultimatum,” as the country’s authorities believe that “citizens everywhere should have the right to a government that is responsive to their needs,” and their country, despite not being a democracy, caters to these needs. “That’s why Qatar wasn’t alarmed and threatened by the Arab Spring movement [back in 2011],” the Qatari Foreign Minister said.


evoila Erek Wed, 07/05/2017 - 13:53 Permalink

The qataris are not stupid. What incentive do they have getting on the crap on Iran train, when you can see Qatar from Iran? They won't last 5 minutes in a shooting war, so they're not going to try to pick sides in a direct confrontation, which is what the Zionist and Arab world have and are gunning for.

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simulkra knukles Wed, 07/05/2017 - 23:49 Permalink

It really quite simple. Your enemies are Islamic fundamentalists. Qatar supports them and  the Saudis are their enemies so the Saudis are your friends except that as they also support fundamentalists they are actually your enemies. The US says it is against fundamentalists but is supplying arms to both Qatar, who is accused of funding fundamentalists and the Saudi's who aren't but are, which makes them friends of your enemies or enemies of your friends, not sure on that one . Israel is everybody's enemy.Friends are harder to find.

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Albertarocks Wed, 07/05/2017 - 15:45 Permalink

So we have two Arabic countries pissed off at each other and apparently in the mood to rip each other's guts out.  For some strange reason this isn't bothering me.

TheSilentMajority Wed, 07/05/2017 - 13:10 Permalink

Toothless sanctions.They are all still trading energy or doing energy business with Qatar.

Energy sanctions are the only type of sanctions that would have teeth.

Whats the point of silly sanctions unless they actually hurt the target significantly??

Calling BS on this hole charade!

gregga777 TheSilentMajority Wed, 07/05/2017 - 13:17 Permalink

Actually Qatar is the provider of massive natural gas exports to the "blockading nations" needed to provide electrical energy to run their air conditioners in the brutal summer temperatures.  But, Qatar hasn't cut off their supplies of natural gas.  So far anyway.  You are right that this is, so far at least, a Phony War featuring Phony Outrage and Phony Meetings to publiclize their Phony Outrage.  Why, there's support of TERRORISM going in Qatar!  We're going to have to do something about that!  Oh, by the way, here's next month's list of weapons shipments going to ISIS operating in Iraq and Syria.

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Zepper gregga777 Wed, 07/05/2017 - 13:30 Permalink

This is what I think is happening... The Saudis are fucking scared bigly about getting sued for 9/11 because all the evidence shows they were part of it, funding wise at the least and possibly even with government help. If one lawsuit is won for tens of billions that will hold a massive precident for more lawsuits.  To show the courts that they are fighting terrorists and not aiding them, they can show their efforts in Yemen and now qatar... If that fails, they can invade qatar and show even more vigilence against terroristm even though nothing is really changing hands. All for show. Because this embargo is 100% bullshit... its all fake... just like the OPEC cuts... and they are pumping more then ever lol.  I sometimes sit outside at night and look into the sky and wonder to myself... is this galaxy full of lies, deciet etc. as much as earth or are we the only ones that tell lies like its handing out handfulls of candy? What a fucking crooked world run by crooked cunts!

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swmnguy Wed, 07/05/2017 - 13:31 Permalink

As a general rule, and one I've had to learn the hard way in my life, when somebody gives you an ultimatum always take "Or Else."  They wouldn't mention the "Or Else" if they didn't already intend for that to be the outcome.Of course, as with any rule of thumb, one must apply it judiciously.  Sometimes you're not prepared to deal with the consequences of "Or Else," so you have to temporize.  But know it's coming.

smacker Wed, 07/05/2017 - 13:44 Permalink

Article: "it appears that while nothing firm was decided, “the boycott will continue until Qatar changes policy according to the Saudis" That sounds a lot like another well known adage:

  • "The definition of madness is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result"
CHoward Wed, 07/05/2017 - 13:47 Permalink

Qatar did respond - you rag heads just can't understand what a big fat "fuck you" means.  BTW - I have a question for you rag heads - that strap you wrap around the dish towels you wear on your heads - that's a fan belt from a used ISIS Toyota pick up isn't it?  I think it is.  Thanks!

Righttoarmbears Wed, 07/05/2017 - 14:04 Permalink

This whole thing is about competing pipelines, its the Russian/Turk vs the USA/Saudi plans, you didn't think this was about morals did you!! its the main reason that we haven't had the Saudis list of demands yet, if there is a war going on, follow the money.  and you wonder why the UAE are pissed with Qatar  There will be war in the area quite soon when one side realises it has lost, more refuges anyone?

el buitre Wed, 07/05/2017 - 16:03 Permalink

I am a little disappointed.  I was hoping to see the Saudi mercenary army go up against the Turks and Iranians, the two most formidable in the area, with the crown prince, like Alexander of old, leading the charge.  Actually, I am a lot disappointed.