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28 December 2017 12:33 pm

More Turkish troops arrive in Qatar: GCC Crisis Updates Week 30

Khadiza Begum
Khadiza Begum
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Here’s what has happened since last week’s updates:

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22 December

The 23rd edition of the Gulf Cup that was supposed to be held in Qatar, began on December 22 in Kuwait. Causing a stir ahead of the tournament were the Saudi team who refused to interact with the media as Qatari news channels were present. Qatar is also taking part in the tournament.

23 December

Boeing has been awarded a $6.2 billion contract by Qatar to provide the country wirth 36 F-15 jet fighters, according to the US Department of Defense. Qatar also recently ordered fighter aircraft from the UK.

24 December

Qatar stocks fell in 2017 by 18 per cent according to a report revealed by Bloomberg.

25 December 

HH the Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani has ended his trip to West Africa. States on the itinerary were Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Cote d'Ivoire, and Ghana. In Ghana, discussions were held on bilateral projects covering air transport, sports, and food security. 

Qatar also announced it would not be taking part in the World Rapid and Blitz ChessChampionships being held in Riyadh and ending on 30 December. The reason given is Qatar was instructed by organizers not to display the Qatari flag at the event.

26 December

More Turkish troops arrived at the country’s military base in Qatar. The arrival of the soldiers is part of a defense agreement signed between the two countries. The troops landed at the Al Ubeid airbase in Doha. The soldiers, including personnel from the Turkish Joint Forced Command, are to join others at the Tariq bin Ziyad military base.

27 December

Kuwait’s Deputy Foreign Minister said the GCC would continue to operate despite the crisis caused by the blockade on Qatar by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, and Egypt. He said the GCC’s work will not be frozen or disrupted.

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