USA secretary of state cancels Mexico trip to focus on Qatar crisis


While Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif along with the Chief of Army Staff paid a visit to Saudi Arabia and had a meeting with the Saudi monarch to find a solution of Qatar crisis, Nawaz Sharif on account of his personal relations with the royal family should have also visited Qatar and discussed with Qatri leadership on how to resolve the prevailing conflict between Qatar on the one hand and the Saudi-backed GCC countries on the other because a unilateral diplomatic initiative can not succeed and is always counterproductive. Qatar is the size of CT, with a population of 2.6 million, only about 300,000 of them Qatari citizens.

Officials from the countries that cut links with Doha have said it must change its behaviour in three areas: support for groups they view as extremist, meddling in the internal affairs of fellow GCC states, and the use of Qatar-backed media to criticise neighbours and provide a platform for Islamists. The UAE ambassador to Washington said last week that the United States should consider moving its base from Qatar, as it is Doha's main "insurance policy".

According to a New York Times report, President Donald Trump's odd allyship with Saudi Arabia over Qatar is cause for suspicion about whether his allegiances are informed by business interests. But the administration has since opposed the blockade.

The U.S. signed a $12-billion deal this week to supply Qatar with F-15 fighter jets. Cavusoglu held talks with King Salman as part of Ankara's efforts to resolve the Gulf crisis. The pair are now heading back to Turkey. Saudi Arabia and some other Gulf countries were angry with Qatar on why it was not supporting their anti-Iranian alliance and was pursuing an independent foreign policy.

On Friday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu arrived in Saudi Arabia for talks with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

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There are a number of converging interests between Turkey and Qatar, he says.

"Turkey may be seeing this as an opportunity to reassert itself", Bowen said, especially after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's recent re-election.

The United Arab Emirates has called for a "western mechanism" to make Qatar abide by any agreement to end its alleged support for terrorism.

The Office of the former president in a statement said the Ambassador of Egypt and Charge d'Affaires of the Kingdom of Saudi met with Hamid Karzai to discuss the issue surrounding the sanctions imposed on Qatar.