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Here's what happened last week: GCC Crisis Updates Week 178.
Speaking at a session entitled "A View from the Middle East" which was held within the framework of the 2020 'Virtual' Global Security Forum, H.E. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani affirmed that all countries which are party to the GCC dispute must have the desire to solve the Gulf crisis. He went on to say, according to QNA:
"We have the desire to find a solution for a stable GCC region which is needed in turbulent times. Whether it is under US President Donald Trump or President-elect Joe Biden, mainly the basis for any solution will be good intentions of the blockading countries and the State of Qatar as well."
"We have good intentions for a constructive engagement with the blockading countries to reach a fair resolution. We believe there is no winner out of this crisis. The only consequence of this crisis is more instability in our region. If we are keen on our future and the future of our people, I think we need to find a just solution to this crisis."
"We appreciate the work by the late Amir of Kuwait H.H. Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, and efforts now being carried out by H.H. the Amir of the State of Kuwait Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. We have also seen very strong and significant momentum by President Trump and his administration in order to reach a resolution of the crisis. Qatar has been very open since the beginning for a dialogue which is based on mutual respect, non-interference in each other's affairs and respecting the sovereignty of each country."
HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs stressed during the Global Security Forum 2020 that all parties involved in the Gulf Crisis must be committed to finding a solution based on good intentions. #GSF2020 pic.twitter.com/VITbHO61BY— مكتب الاتصال الحكومي (@GCOQatar) November 17, 2020
The Trump administration's national security adviser Robert O’Brien has mentioned in an interview with The Hill’s editor-at-large Steve Clemons, released today that Donald Trump wants to help lift the blockade against Qatar before he leaves the office in 70 days "in a last push for a diplomatic win", according to The Hill.
“I'd like to see that get done before — if we end up leaving office — I'd like to see that get done in the next 70 days. And I think there's a possibility for it.
The UAE ambassador to the US Yousef Al Otaiba doesn't think the diplomatic dispute between Qatar and its neighbouring GCC states will be resolved “anytime soon” as the blockade moves into its fourth year, according to a report in Bloomberg by Ivan Levingston.
In panel discussion hosted by The Economic Club of Washington DC, Al Otaiba, while talking about the GCC crisis mentioned that:
“It’s not on anyone’s priority list.
“They want to go their way, we’re going to go ours.”
An independent United Nations (UN) expert has said that all the countries that have imposed a blockade against Qatar since 2017 should “immediately” lift all the sanctions that have imposed against Doha. The UN expert condemned the measures taken by the GCC neighbours of Qatar that imposed the blockade as human rights violations, according to Al Jazeera.
In a report that was published last Thursday after a two week Qatar visit, UN Special Rapporteur Alena Douhan, urged the blockading states to
“immediately withdraw all sanctions/measures aimed at establishing restrictions on freedom of expression, movement, access to property, trade barriers, and ban tariffs, quotas, non-tariff measures … for people living in Qatar in violation of international legal standards (Al Jazeera)."
The report also focussed on the way Qataris were treated and then expelled from the blockading countries when the blockade started, which led to disruption and interruption of family ties, study and work
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