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10 January 2019 12:34 pm

US envoy in charge of resolving Qatar dispute quits Trump admin -- GCC Crisis Updates Week 84

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Did you miss out most important political stories of this week on GCC crisis?  Every Thursday, we take a moment to bring you all the updates on the latest developments in the ongoing Gulf crisis. So read below to get updates of this week

Here’s what’s happened since last week’s updates: Saudi promotes a video for children to provoke hatred against Qatar

January 9, 2019 

Qatar Participates in the Arab Coordination Meeting

Photo credit: MOFA/Twitter

Qatar participated in a coordination meeting held on January 9, 2019  at the headquarters of the General Secretariat of the League of Arab States at the level of permanent delegates in preparation for the Arab-European Ministerial Meeting to be held in Brussels on February 4, said a statement released by Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The State of Qatar delegation was headed by HE Qatar's Permanent Representative to the Arab League Ambassador Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz Al Sahlawi.

The meeting discussed topics on the draft agenda of the meeting of Arab and European Foreign Ministers as part of preparations for the first Arab-European summit to be held in Egypt on February 24 and 25. 

Asian Cup organisers condemn Saudi piracy of TV broadcasts

Organisers of soccer’s Asian Cup say they condemn Saudi-backed pirate broadcasts of games stolen from Qatari rights holder BeIN Sports.

The Asian Football Confederation says it “already instructed counsel to take legal action in Saudi Arabia” and is working with other sports bodies affected.

World soccer body FIFA and Europe’s UEFA are also weighing action after persistent piracy of BeIN’s rights to braoadcast World Cup and Champions League games across the Middle East, reported AP news

January 8, 2019 

US envoy in charge of resolving Qatar dispute quits Trump admin

A US official, Anthony Zinni who was accountable for Washington's endeavors to resolve the blockade of Qatar has resigned from his position, becoming the most recent official to leave from President Donald Trump's resignation-plagued administration, reported The New Arab

Anthony paid three visits to the Gulf since taking office in an attempt to resolve crisis between Qatar and the boycotting countries. With his resignation, it is unsure what would happen to US efforts to resolve the Qatar dispute and bring together the GCC countries. 

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