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10 May 2018 03:35 pm

Qatar worries over Iran deal, calls for nuclear-free Middle East -- GCC Crisis Updates Week 49

Khadiza Begum
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Here’s what’s happened since last week’s updates.


May 7, 2018 

Relations with China is "Strategic": Qatar's Ambassador

HE Ambassador of the State of Qatar to China Sultan bin Salmeen Al Mansouri has described relations between Qatar and China as strategic, excellent, and currently at their best and witnessing steady development in various fields.

Speaking exclusively to Qatar News Agency (QNA), HE the ambassador noted in this regard to the successful visit of HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani to China in 2014, which witnessed the establishment of the strategic relationship between Doha and Beijing.

HE Ambassador Al Mansouri pointed out that the historic visit of HH the Amir to China, which promoted the relations of the two friendly countries to a strategic partnership, resulted in several agreements in the fields of investment, sports, culture, and others in addition to the continuation of coordination between the two leaderships on all issues of common interest.


May 8, 2018 

Qatar Petroleum to boosts production despite Gulf crisis

Qatar Petroleum to boosts production despite Gulf crisis
(Photo credit: Qatar Petroleum)

Despite an ongoing blockade by the four Arab neighbors, the country's giant petroleum production company - Qatar Petroleum (QP) will push ahead with its production expansion and foreign asset acquisition strategy to be on par with oil majors, despite a regional political and economic embargo on Doha, its chief executive said, Al Jazeera reported. 

In an interview at QP's headquarters in Doha, Qatar Petroleum CEO Saad Sherida al-Kaabi said "We are in Mexico, we are in Brazil, we are contemplating investing in the US in many areas, in shale gas, in conventional oil. We are looking at many things." 

"We are looking very critically at the United States because we have a position there. We have the Golden Pass that we are investing in," he said.


May 9, 2018 

Qatar Worries Throwing Iran Deal Out

The State of Qatar is following closely the developments of the Iranian Nuclear Deal (JCPOA) signed in 2015 between Iran and the (P 5+1) countries, and adapted by the UN Security Council in resolution number 2231.

In a statement, Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the State of Qatar, like the rest of the GCC states, was not a part to this agreement, but given its geographical location and its political and historical relations with the parties of the agreement, would be directly affected by any repercussions of the decisions taken by these parties.

In this context, the State of Qatar stresses that the main priority is for the Middle East to be a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone and to stop the arms race by regional powers. The State of Qatar stresses the need for collective action by the international community to ensure the prevention of a possible nuclear arms race, where parties end up losing trust in one another.

The process of the denuclearization of the region primarily aims at laying the foundations of peace and stability in a manner that contributes to the preservation of human lives as well as pushing forward the process of development to achieve prosperity for all the peoples of the region. Thus, all actors should take into account that the price of their efforts to denuclearize the Middle East shall not be another escalation that the peoples of the region cannot bear.

The State of Qatar values the efforts of all international and regional actors and the partners of the agreement who seek to defuse any possible escalation and find solutions to denuclearize the region. It is in the best interest of all parties to exercise self-restraint, deal wisely with the situation and try to resolve existing differences through dialogue.

Egypt hinders Qatari team from attending Arab League meetings

Egypt hinders Qatari team from attending Arab League meetings

Qatar expressed deep regret as the Egyptian authorities had impeded issuance of visas to the Qatari delegation to participate in the meeting of the 91st Ordinary Session of the Standing Committee for Arab Information and the 49th Ordinary Session of the Council of Arab Ministers of Information, from May 7 to 9, at the headquarters of the League of Arab States, Peninsula Qatar reported

Qatar Media Corporation’s Media Consultant Abdulrahman Nasser Al Obaidan, told Qatar News Agency (QNA), that Qatar Media Corporation has completed all the procedures with regards to obtain visas for the members of the delegation to participate in these meetings, however, they did not receive any official response from the Egyptian authorities in this regard to date, and they were informed of the issuance of only one visa. Al Obaidan, also confirmed that visa procedures had been initiated earlier to ensure participation.

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