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Kuwait Says Qatar “Ready to Understand” Gulf Concerns

KUWAIT, June 11 – Kuwait’s foreign minister said on Sunday that Qatar was ready to listen to the concerns of other countries in the Gulf, state news agency KUNA reported, and that his country would continue its efforts to patch a rift within the Gulf. “(Kuwait) affirms the readiness of the brothers in Qatar to

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Iran Sends Planes of Food to Qatar Amid Concerns of Shortages

LONDON, June 11 – Iran has sent four cargo planes of food to Qatar and plans to provide 100 tonnes of fruit and vegetable every day, Iranian officials said, amid concerns of shortages after Qatar’s biggest suppliers severed ties with the import-dependent country. Qatar has been in talks with Iran and Turkey to secure food

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Gulf States Announce Humanitarian Hotline for Mixed Qatari Families

DUBAI, June 11 – Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates announced hotlines to help families with Qatari members, their official news agencies reported, after their cutting of diplomatic and transport ties with Qatar led to travel disruption. The coordinated move suggests the Gulf states are seeking to lessen the humanitarian impact of their

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S&P: Negative Rating Actions Taken On Qatari Banks

• On June 7, 2017, S&P lowered its long-term sovereign credit rating on the State of Qatar to ‘AA-‘ and placed it on Credit Watch with negative implications. In S&P’s view, the moves by a group of governments to cut diplomatic ties and trade and transport links with Qatar will exacerbate the country’s external vulnerabilities

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Qatar is in Denial, Needs to Make a U-Turn: UAE Minister

By Leila Hatoum June 9 – DUBAI (Newsweek Middle East) – Qatar may soon find itself vulnerable in the face of regional and global threats, stripped from the protection of its Arab Gulf counterparts, if it decides to continue with its current policies, especially that the United States is also fed up with those policies,

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Al Jazeera Says Will Keep Editorial Independence in Gulf Dispute

By Tom Finn DOHA, June 8 – Qatar’s Al Jazeera will maintain its editorial independence despite a regional diplomatic crisis that has isolated the Gulf state, the Doha-based broadcasting network’s acting director-general said on Thursday. Mostefa Souag dismissed accusations by some Arab powers that Al Jazeera is interfering in their affairs through its reports. “All

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Qataris Banned from Flying Via UAE as Gulf Curbs Mount

By Saeed Azhar and Jamie Freed DUBAI/SYDNEY, June 7 – Qataris will no longer be allowed to land at any airports in the United Arab Emirates or catch connecting flights there as part of increased efforts by Arab powers to isolate the Gulf state. UAE airlines Etihad and Emirates announced the details of the travel

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Turkey to Fast-Track Draft Bill Approving Troop Deployment in Qatar

ANKARA, June 7 – Turkey’s parliament is expected to fast-track on Wednesday a draft bill allowing its troops to be deployed to a Turkish military base in Qatar, officials from the ruling AK Party and the nationalist opposition said. The move appears to support the Gulf Arab country as it faces diplomatic and trade isolation

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Qatar Asking Turkey, Iran About Providing Food, Water

By Tom Finn DOHA, June 7 – Qatar is talking to Iran and Turkey about securing food and water supplies to stave off possible shortages two days after its biggest suppliers, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, cut trade and diplomatic ties, a government official said on Wednesday. “We are in talks with Turkey

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UAE Says More Qatar Curbs Possible, Warns Against Iran Involvement

By William Maclean DUBAI, June 7 – More moves against Qatar, including further curbs on business, remain on the table in a row with Arab neighbours, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) said on Wednesday, warning against allowing its Gulf adversary Iran to exploit the unprecedented rift. In a Reuters interview, UAE Minister of State for

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