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Gulf crisis derails hajj plans for Qataris - Aljazeera.com

Some Qatari nationals have had their hajj plans derailed amid a Saudi-led blockade, which has prevented local companies from making the necessary arrangements for the annual pilgrimage. Qataris were not banned from performing the hajj, but companies ...and more »

Qatar makes legal complaint to WTO over Gulf trade boycott - The Guardian

The disputed trade restrictions include bans on trade through Qatar's ports and travel by Qatari citizens. Photograph: Naseem Zeitoon/Reuters. Qatar has filed a wide-ranging legal complaint at the World Trade Organisation to challenge a trade boycott ...and more »

Gulf Crisis Exposes the Weakness of Trump's 'Unpredictability' - Chatham House

The US president's lack of interest in telegraphing his positions in advance may work in business, but it has a debilitating effect on policymaking. Donald Trump attends the Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh on 21 May. Photo: Getty Images. Since ...and more »

Al-Jubeir says calls for internationalization of Hajj pilgrimage 'a declaration of war' - Arab News

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir with his counterparts from the Anti-Terror Quartet — Bahrain's Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa, Egypt's Sameh Shoukry and the UAE's Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan — in Manama on Sunday ...and more »

Arab states 'expected to impose more sanctions on Qatar' - The Independent

The four Arab states of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain are reportedly set to consider fresh economic sanctions on Qatar at a meeting in Manama, Bahrain's capital. The foreign ministers of the four countries are ...and more »

Qatar crisis: What you need to know - The National

Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Qatar's foreign minister, hand over a letter from Qatar's emir rejecting demands put to them by the Arab quartet, to the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, in Kuwait. EPA. On June 5, the UAE, Saudi Arabia ...and more »

As Stalemate in the Gulf Crisis Continues, the Costs for the Region Grow - World Politics Review

After two months, the crisis between Qatar and its larger Gulf neighbors shows no signs of resolution. The stalemate may endure for some time, with significant costs to all parties. But it's worth considering other possible outcomes and how to avoid or ...and more »

Qatar accuses Saudis of hampering Qatari hajj pilgrims - Hurriyet Daily News

The Qatari authorities have accused Saudi Arabia of jeopardizing the annual hajj pilgrimage to Mecca of Qatari pilgrims by refusing to guarantee their safety. Saudi Arabia and its allies have been boycotting Qatar since June 5, accusing it of backing ...and more »

Qatar's imports fall 40% as blockade hits home - Financial Times

Qatar's imports slumped 40 per cent in June as the embargo imposed by its neighbours hurt the economy of the gas-rich Gulf state, official data show. The trade data are the first to be released since Saudi Arabia on June 5 led a quartet of nations ...and more »

Race to the sea: Qatar and the balance of power in the Middle East - Open Democracy

If the Qatari crisis is not managed rationally, then it is likely to compound the present risks in the regional balance of power, with consequences for all states in the region. State Department/Zuma Press/PA Images. All rights reserved. U.S. Secretary ...and more »