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31 August 2017 12:00 am

GCC Crisis Updates: Week 13

Over 3 months later, the crisis continues. As Hajj begins, new developments have arisen in the GCC crisis. Click here for updates from the past week.
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August 24

Qatar ordered the closing of the Chad embassy in Qatar and told diplomats to leave within 72 hours, after Chad announced on Wednesday that it would give Qatari diplomats 10 days to leave. 

August 25 

The imam of the Grand Mosque in Makkah reportedly condemned those “who cause conflict among Muslims,” in his Friday sermon before Hajj. 

August 26

The attorney general of Qatar reportedly said that Turkey has detained five suspects in relation to the hacking of the Qatar News Agency in May. 

According to reports, Qatar did not receive a positive response from the Saudi government about logistics and security with regards to Qatari pilgrims going for Hajj this year. This reportedly caused the prevention of over 2000 Qataris from going for Hajj. The Qatar National Human Rights Committee has revealed information that Hajj companies in Qatar have suffered a loss of over 30 million riyals as a result of the restrictions placed on Qataris for Hajj this year. 

The Ministry of Transport and Communications announced that Hamad Port will officially be opening in the first week of September. 

August 27 

The Secretary General of the UN visited Kuwait and expressed his appreciation for Kuwaiti leadership in humanitarian action and the understanding that the country has shown in relation to conflicts in the region.  

August 30 

The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov visited Kuwait, Qatar and the UAE this week to hold talks with the three countries. During his visits, he expressed his support for initiatives to resolve the crisis and the Kuwaiti mediation efforts. 

The Foreign Minister of Qatar said that Qatar is willing to negotiate but that there have been no signs of the same willingness from the Saudi-led bloc. 

The Governor of Qatar Central Bank once again said that Qatari banks are strong enough to survive the siege. His statement came after Qatar’s credit rating was lowered by Fitch Ratings. 

After a staff visit to Qatar, the International Monetary Fund said that Qatari financial markets continue to adjust to the effects of the crisis and that the banking sector remains sound. 

August 31 

In a phone call with the king of Saudi Arabia, US President Donald Trump urged all parties involved in the dispute to find a resolution to end the Gulf crisis. 

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