GCC Crisis Updates Week 21 — Qatar reiterates willingness for dialogue

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Here's what's happened since last week's updates

October 19 

One day before embarking on a trip to the region, US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson said he has little hope that the Gulf crisis will be resolved soon. He seemingly blamed the Saudi-led bloc for their unwillingness to engage in dialogue, saying Qatar is read to “engage.” 

The Foreign Minister of Kuwait visited Qatar on a one-day official visit on October 19th. 

October 22

Qatar’s non-oil exports have seen a substantial rise since June, which according to Qatar Chamber Chairman Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim Al Thani, means the “unfair siege imposed on Qatar couldn't stop or hinder the export processes for the Qatari private sector.” 

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Saudi Arabia is not yet ready to begin direct dialogue with Doha to resolve the crisis. 

October 23

The Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee, Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh Al-Marri urged the Spanish government to put more pressure on the blockading countries to end their human rights violations, according to the Gulf Times. 

The Foreign Minister of Qatar, His Excellency, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani visited Turkey before the 3rd meeting of the Turkey-Qatar Supreme Strategic Committee. 

Qatar opened a new defense attaché office in Washington DC, which was inaugurated by Qatar's Chief of Staff Major General Ghanim bin Shaheen Al Ghanim. The new office works to show better US security ties. 

October 24 

The Emir of Kuwait addressed the potential of the Gulf crisis escalating and of the negative impact it could have on the GCC. 

October 25 

The UAE has reportedly hired a company that has close ties with Steve Bannon, the ex-chief strategist of US President Donald Trump, to launch a social media campaign against Qatar. 

The Foreign Ministry of Qatar responded to the Kuwaiti Emir’s concerns about the escalation of the crisis, emphasizing their willingness to engage in dialogue and said that Qatar does not seek to “escalate the situation.” 

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