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Posted On: 15 March 2018 02:49 pm
Updated On: 18 August 2022 02:44 pm

U.S. President Donald J. Trump fires Rex Tillerson -- GCC Crisis Updates Week 41

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

10 March

On Saturday, March 10, Qatar informed the United Nations Security Council of more airspace violations committed by aircraft of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, there have been three such violations in four months.

12 March

On Sunday, March 12, Al Jazeera aired the second part of its documentary on the financial and logistical support provided by the blockading countries' governments to perform sabotage operations inside Qatar in 1996.

13 March

President Trump said Tuesday, March 13, that he has ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and plans to nominate CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace him as the nation’s top diplomat.

Trump and Tillerson have had a fraught relationship for many months. Trump told reporters Tuesday that he ultimately decided to fire the secretary because they disagreed over strategy in key areas of foreign policy, such as the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, the approach to North Korea and the overall tone of U.S. diplomacy.

In another new, Baladna Food Industries announced that more than 3,000 heads of cattle have arrived in Qatar by sea via the port of Hamad , another step towards achieving self-sufficiency in milk, despite blockade imposed on Qatar since June 5, 2017.

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Qatar Petroleum signed a concession agreement with the Abu Dhabi Supreme Petroleum Council (on behalf of the Government of Abu Dhabi), Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), United Petroleum Development Co Ltd (Japan), and Bunduq Company Limited (operator) for the continued development and operation of the shared Al-Bunduq offshore oil field.

14 March

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HE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani met today with the delegation of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, which includes members of the security, defence and foreign affairs committees of the national parliaments, currently visiting the State of Qatar.

The meeting discussed the follow-up to the visit of HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al -Thani to Brussels and the promotion of political dialogue between Qatar and NATO.

HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs briefed the visiting delegation on the developments of the Gulf crisis and the efforts of political cooperation between the State of Qatar and NATO on issues of common concern

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