Qatar Airways Offices In The UAE Are To Be Closed Effective Immediately

Qatar Airways Offices In The UAE Are To Be Closed Effective Immediately

Cheryl Sanders
June 8, 2017

Qatar has an independent streak that has often angered its neighbours, attracting criticism for hosting the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, and supporting Islamist rebels in Syria.

An outspoken Emirati ruling family member has raised the prospect of a change in leadership in Qatar, which is embroiled in a major diplomatic crisis with its Gulf neighbors. "Perhaps this will be the beginning of the end to the horror of terrorism!"

The tweets had raised concerns of a rift between the United States and Qatar, home to a critical US military headquarters that oversees coalition air operations against the Islamic State throughout the Middle East.

The White House says President Donald Trump told Saudi Arabia's King Salman Tuesday that a united Gulf Cooperation Council is "critical to defeating terrorism and promoting regional stability".

"Regarding hacking attacks in general, I tell you, this has, in a unusual way, turned into a very fashionable, popular subject", Ryabkov said Wednesday.

Adel al-Jubeir also addressed claims Qatar had drafted in the FBI to investigate how its state-run news agency was "hacked" in an incident that first rocked diplomatic relations.

"After considering the reasons for the crisis between Egypt, the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the UAE and the kingdom of Bahrain and Qatar, the government has chose to lower its diplomatic representation with Qatar and cancel the licenses of Al Jazeera's bureau in the kingdom".

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were the largest markets by the number of available seats for Qatar Airways and the loss of the four Arab markets could lead to a double-digit decline in revenue for the carrier, CAPA said.

Adel al-Jubeir says he hopes Qatar can respond to demands put forward by his country, Bahrain, The United Arab Emirates and Egypt to "restore relations to how they were in the past". He later left after a "brotherly visit" but there was no word on the outcome of the talks.

"We can not take our decisions based on or motivated by our emotions", Qatar's foreign minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, told CNN on Tuesday. Saudi Arabia has also accused Qatar of being too close to Iran.

Officials in Ankara said the Turkish Parliament would fast-track a draft Bill allowing its troops to be deployed to a military base in Qatar.

To be clear, when it comes to terrorist financing, nobody's hands are clean.

Most of Qatar's food supplies are imported via Saudi Arabia and Doha has emerged as an worldwide aviation hub.

On Wednesday however, Trump sought to strike a more inclusive tone.

Although US officials pointed to Russia as the source of the hacking, it has yet to be determined whether the latest incident was traced back to criminal organizations in Russia or Russian military intelligence units, such as the GRU.

What steps have been taken against Qatar? The news of about several Arab nations cutting ties with Qatar came as a shock to Felix Gomes, who works in the hospitality industry in Qatar.

Disruption to airspace in the Gulf began on Tuesday morning local time.

The Arab countries that cut diplomatic relations with Qatar will not be ready to settle the crisis until the Qatari decision to disclose terrorists that found shelter in the Gulf country, Egyptian lawmaker Saad Gammal told Sputnik.

Saudi Arabia and Bahrain revoked the licences of Qatar Airways yesterday and ordered its offices to be closed within 48 hours. That is also an important route for construction materials - needed for the energy industry and for the preparations for the 2022 football World Cup. Turkey and Qatar have both provided support for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and backed rebels fighting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

That possibility pushed the price of crude oil higher, but only briefly.

Kuwait, also a GCC member, did not sever ties with Qatar.

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