GCC Crisis Updates: Week 12

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Last week's updates included Saudi Arabia announcing that it would open its borders to Qatari pilgrims for Hajj and the announcement of a new port opening between Doha and Karachi. Here's what has happened since then: 

August 17 

An adviser to the Saudi royal court, Saud Al-Qahtani urged Saudis to expose anyone they thought was a Qatar sympathizer with the hashtag #TheBlacklist, in a tweet last week. 

August 19

UAE Ambassador to the United States, Yousef al-Otaiba reportedly described the leaders of Saudi Arabia using profane language in a series of leaked emails. According to Al Jazeera, Otaiba said the Emiratis should get the most results they can out of Saudi. 

August 20

Qatar filed a complaint with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) after an attempt by the siege countries to intimidate passengers with the broadcast of a video depicting the supposed rights of the Saudi-led bloc to shoot down Qatar Airways passenger aircrafts flying over their airspace. 

After Saudi Arabia opened its borders to Qatari pilgrims for Hajj last week, it claimed that the flights authorized by the Saudi ruler have not yet been given permission to land in Doha. Qatar’s Civil Aviation Authority later denied these claims and said that the response was in accordance with procedures done in the past. The Foreign Ministry of Qatar also slammed the decision by Saudi Arabia to  allow Qatari pilgrims to travel only by Saudi Airlines for Hajj.

August 21

A request filed by the Saudi-led group to downgrade Qatar’s National Human Rights Committee was rejected by the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions. 

August 22

According to reports by the Peninsula, Senegal reappointed its ambassador to Qatar after having initially recalled him due to the Gulf crisis. 

UAE Newscaster, Dubai TV broadcasted a false report about Qatar, claiming that anti-government protests took place in the country and that Qatari and Turkish troops used tear gas on the protesters. 

The Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs is concerned about the treatment Qatari Hajj pilgrims might receive after the instances of mistreatment against Qataris in Saudi during the early days of the crisis. 

August 24

The Foreign Minister of Qatar held a phone call with the Secretary General of the United Nations and briefed him on the latest in the Gulf crisis. He also held phone calls with his French and German counterparts. 

Qatar announced that its ambassador will return to Iran after over 20 months of being recalled. The Qatari Foreign Ministry reportedly said that the ambassador would return to resume his diplomatic duties as Doha wanted to strengthen ties with Iran. 

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