Bahrain sees ‘no glimmer of expect’ for ending Qatar crisis soon

The Doha Skyline at the Sheraton Grand Hotel on November 17, 2016 in Doha, Qatar.

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The Doha Skyline at the Sheraton Grand Hotel on November 17, 2016 in Doha, Qatar.

Bahrain sees no resolution in sight to a diplomatic row between Qatar as well as also its neighbors, which cut diplomatic as well as also trade ties with the tiny Gulf Arab state nearly a year ago.

“The information in our hands today does not indicate any glimmer of expect for a solution currently, as the matter does not happen suddenly,” Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa told Alsharq Alawsat newspaper on Sunday.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain as well as also Egypt severed travel as well as also trade ties with Qatar last June, alleging the idea was backing Iran as well as also supporting terrorism. Qatar denies that will as well as also says the boycott is usually an attempt to impinge on its sovereignty as well as also rein in its support for reform.

After initially disrupting Qatar’s imports as well as also triggering the withdrawal of billions of dollars through its banks by depositors through the four states, the globe’s top exporter of liquefied natural gas quickly developed fresh trade routes as well as also deployed tens of billions of dollars through its sovereign wealth fund to protect its domestic lenders.

The dispute has evaded mediation attempts by Kuwait as well as also Washington, which has strong alliances with both sides as well as also fears the split among Sunni Muslim U.S. allies could benefit Iran in a decades-old tussle for influence within the Middle East.

Bahrain’s foreign minister said Qatar was prolonging the crisis by taking its case to Western allies, instead of dealing with the idea inside the Gulf Arab bloc.

“We were expecting through the beginning of the crisis with Qatar that will the emir of Qatar would likely go to Saudi (Arabia) however that will did not happen,” he told the pan-Arab newspaper.

Saudi as well as also UAE officials have said that will Doha has yet to meet 13 demands made by the four states, including closing the state-funded Al Jazeera television station as well as also reducing ties to Iran.

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said last week on Twitter that will Qatar had not dealt wisely with those demands: “Perhaps the passing of a year of the boycott will produce a fresh thought as well as also a wiser approach through Doha”.

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