GCC Crisis Updates: Week 11

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Last week, Qatar announced visa-free entry for nationals of 80 countries and the possibility of expat eligibility for permanent residency. Here's what has happened since then: 

August 12

The Swiss Organization for the Protection of Human Rights reportedly raised qualms about Saudi Arabia imposing restrictions on Qataris attempting to perform Hajj. 

August 13

On Sunday, the launch of a new route between the Hamad Port in Qatar and the Port of Karachi in Pakistan was announced.

August 14

The Foreign Minister of the UAE, Anwar Gargash, tweeted calling Qatar arrogant for accusing the UAE of carrying out a smear campaign against it.

August 15

The Foreign Minister of Qatar, His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani reportedly said that it will take a lot of time to rebuild trust between the Gulf countries.

According to Gulf Times, a former Afghan fighter-turned-mediator said that Saudi Arabia and the UAE wanted to host the Taliban before they set up in Qatar. He reportedly told the Middle East Eye that he was surprised at Saudi Arabia’s allegation that Qatar supports terrorism based on their hosting of the Taliban.

August 16

According to reports, the Qatar Investment Authority said that contrary to rumors, they had no plans to liquidate foreign assets and that they would be announcing new investments in the near future.

August 17

According to Al Jazeera, Qatar’s National Human Rights Committee earlier asked that Saudi Arabia lift all constraints on Qataris wanting to perform Hajj. Saudi Arabia announced on Thursday that it will open its land borders with Qatar to allow pilgrims to pass for Hajj. Saudi Arabia’s king reportedly invited Qataris to perform Hajj at his expense and also ordered Saudi airlines’ private jets to be sent to Doha to bring pilgrims over. People on Twitter have been reacting to this development, saying “No pilgrimage without lifting the siege,” implying that it be lifted and that the accommodations made aren’t enough.

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