Did you miss out most important political stories of this week concerning the GCC crisis? Every Thursday, we take a moment to bring you all the updates on the latest developments in the ongoing Gulf crisis. So scroll to take a look at the latest news in our weekly GCC Crisis updates report.
And here’s what’s happened since last week’s updates: Qatar Asian Cup victory to 'deepen' Gulf tensions, say analysts.
The United Arab Emirates has eased a ban on the shipping of goods between it and Qatar after banning trade in June 2017, according to port circulars and an industry source. However, Qatari-flagged and owned vessels are still prohibited from docking in Abu Dhabi, the U.A.E.’s capital, reported Reuters.
An industry source told Reuters the circular applied to all UAE ports. It was not clear if the move was linked to complaints filed to the World Trade Organisation related to the Gulf dispute.
The Qatari force participating in the joint Dir' Al-Jazeera (Peninsula Shield) exercise (10) arrived at the King Abdulaziz Air Base in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia today. The exercise began yesterday and will continue until 12 March, reported Qatar News Agency (QNA).
The joint Gulf exercises aim to further unify the military strategic concepts and plans, and increase coherence and synergy between the participating forces from the GCC countries.
The force was received upon arrival by head of the reception committee Brig. Gen. Nasser Ibrahim Al Salem. On the occasion, Brigadier General Khamis Mohammed Dablan, Commander of the Qatari force participating in the 10th Al-Jazeera shield exercise, said that this exercise supports the bonds of cooperation and relations between the GCC countries, highlights synergy in the military field and keeps abreast of the development to face challenges and dangers of various kinds. (QNA)
HE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani has stressed that the State of Qatar is open for dialogue to resolve the Gulf crisis, adding that it has been calling on the blockade countries to sit at the negotiating table to discuss the causes of the crisis and work to resolve it, says a press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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