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Gulf crisis derails hajj plans for Qataris -

Trips have been cancelled amid restrictions on flights and a reluctance of Saudi companies to work with Qatari firms. by Zineb Abdessadok. 1 Aug 2017. Without Saudi Arabia's cooperation, Qatari hajj companies cannot complete the necessary preparations ...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 »

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 »

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 »

Qatar accuses Saudi Arabia of politicising Hajj -

Rights group files complaint to UN special rapporteur over restrictions imposed on Qatari pilgrims amid GCC crisis. 29 Jul 2017. As custodian of Islam's holiest sites in Mecca and Medina, Saudi Arabia organises the annual Hajj [File: Reuters]. Qatar ...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 »

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 »

Qatar accuses Saudis of hampering Mecca pilgrms - The Hindu

In this September 9, 2016 file photo, General view of the Kaaba at the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. | Photo Credit: Ahmed Jadallah. AFP. Doha:, July 31, 2017 12:29 IST. Updated: July 31, 2017 12:31 IST. more-in. Qatar ministry accused Riyadh of ...and more »

Qatar Airways expected to access new flight routes -

Officials discuss contingency air routes amid GCC rift with UN aviation agency's governing council in Montreal. 31 Jul 2017. Qatar Airways is expected to have access to three contingency routes over international waters in early August, after delegates ...and more »

Four Arab states double down on Qatar boycott - Hurriyet Daily News

Arab states boycotting Qatar said on July 30 they would make no compromises in their demand that Doha change its policies, as a crisis that has split the Gulf approaches its third month. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt broke ...and more »