REX TILLERSON VISIT TO QATAR IN HOPE TO END ONGOING QATAR-GULF CRISIS




Hassam Hameed-TDO-24.10.2017- US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is on a Visit to Saudi Arabia and Qatar, in hope to bring the crisis to an end. But it seems very unlikely to happen. Saudi Arabia is not willing to enter any sort of discussion with Qatar at the moment, whom it accuses of financing terrorism and keeping close ties with Iran.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates (UAE) had cut their diplomatic ties and imposed a blockade on Qatar, since 5th of June, and it seems that their resolve would not be shaken any time soon. “There seems to be a real unwillingness on the part of some of the parties to want to engage... It's up to the leadership of the quartet when they want to engage with Qatar because Qatar has been very clear - they're ready to engage," Tillerson told Bloomberg news agency on Thursday. Furthermore, Qatar has warned over the threat to collective security from this crisis and suggested the threat this crisis poses to GCC.

Qatar is showing signs of recovery since the siege was imposed. Its export, in September, fell by 12.6% compared to August whereas it has increased by 5% than what it was in May. Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir is on a visit to Qatar and Kuwait. Bashir will discuss the bilateral relations and development agreements with the Qatari Emir Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani.