1. Gulf crisis impact: Qatar said to be looking at Iran & Turkey for food, water

Gulf crisis impact: Qatar said to be looking at Iran & Turkey for food, water

As several Arab countries have snapped diplomatic ties with Qatar, the energy-rich monarchy is now said to be in talks with Iran and Turkey to provide food and water.

By: | Published: June 7, 2017 4:06 PM
Qatar is said to be in talks with Turkey and Iran and other countries and the supplies would be brought in using Qatar Airways cargo flights. (Image: Reuters)

As several Arab countries have snapped diplomatic ties with Qatar, the energy-rich monarchy now faces acute economic plight. According to a Reuters report, the country relies on Gulf neighbours for 80 percent of food imports and its largest suppliers are UAE and Saudi Arabia. The report said that Qatar, which is an import-dependent country, is now in talks with Iran and Turkey to secure food and water supplies amid concerns of possible shortages. An official has been quoted as saying that Doha is in talks with Turkey and Iran and other countries and the supplies would be brought in using Qatar Airways cargo flights.

On June 5, several countries, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Bahrain had severed diplomatic ties with Qatar. These countries have accused it of backing Iran and Islamist groups including Muslim Brotherhood. Meanwhile, Qatar responded by saying that it does not support terrorism, and the diplomatic rift was based on “baseless fabricated claims.” If the reports of Qatar being in talks with Iran and Turkey are true, and if it moves closer to these countries due to the isolation, it may change the politics in the Middle East. Incidentally, both Iran and Tehran have reportedly said that they will be glad to compensate for Qatar’s isolation.

While Turkey has said that it is ready to resolve the dispute, Iran has said that it will provide food to Qatar. It remains to be seen if the pressure by the Arab alliance could convince Qatar in seeking closer relations with Iran and Turkey. If that happens there may be a possibility that the country could leave GCC (Gulf Co-operation Council) too, according to various analysts.

Iran has long been considered an adversary by many nations in the Gulf. Last year, Qatar had even called back its ambassador to the country giving rise to a major rift between the countries. But in the last few months, there has been a relationship growing between Qatar and Iran, evident by the fact that Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani while conversing with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, had said that he wanted better bilateral relations between the nations. Qatar and Iran together manage the world’s largest gas field called South Pars, hence a friendship could also affect the US’ relations in the Gulf.

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    kushal kumar
    Jun 8, 2017 at 9:27 am
    This Vedic astrology writer's article - " Is much talked about WW3 round the corner in 2017 ?" - submitted on 16 May 2017 , is scheduled for publication by 21 June in quarterly print Newsletter from Florida. One of features of predictions for June to August-September 2017 , more so during 19 August to 4 September , in vulnerable countries across the globe , reads as :- "Unions and ociations of nations may develop some serious issues having potential to cause fissures, which could give rise to good cause for some member or members to leave or become not supportive to the aspirations of such union or ociation". The news that in the first week of June 2017 , voices suggesting fissures and cracks within unions or ociations or allies have been heard. Some Arab nations have cut ties with Qatar. EU also does not appear to be as united as before. So alert of this writer looks to be meaningful.
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