Will the Gulf Cooperation Council Survive the Saudi-Qatar Crisis?

Posted June 20, 2017

Mogadishu has refused to side with the UAE, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia in their diplomatic offensive against Doha, despite pressures from the anti-Qatar camp.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has condemned the isolation of Qatar as "un-Islamic and inhumane", equating the methods used against the state to a "death penalty".

The president said he would conduct a trilateral teleconference call with French President Emmanuel Macron and Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani later on June 13 regarding steps to resolve the Qatar diplomatic crisis.

"It is neither humane nor Islamic to totally isolate a country's people", Erdogan told a gathering of lawmakers from his ruling Justice and Development Party in Ankara.

The statement added that the decision does not include the aviation companies and aircraft not registered in the UAE or Qatar, and wishing to cross the country's airspace to and from Qatar.

During the meeting, they disclosed procedures and steps taken by the three states to sever diplomatic and consular relations with Qatar in light of the three states' commitment to combat terrorism, dry up sources of funding terrorism and counter extremism, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The Saudi king expressed his gratitude to the prime minister for paying visiting to the kingdom and reiterated his support in the fight against terrorism, saying, "War on terror was in the best interest of the Ummah". Qatar sent its ships to Sohar Port in Oman.

Turkey last week approved plans to deploy more troops to a military base it has established in Qatar under a 2014 agreement with the Gulf Arab state.

Earlier, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Erdogan would hold talks on the crisis with Trump in the coming days.

Morocco's Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita was also in the Gulf on a mission by King Mohammed to try to mediate.

So far, the measures against Qatar do not seem to have caused serious shortages of supplies in shops. Senegal, Chad and Niger recalled their ambassadors from Doha. Most likely, Qatar will make some concessions to return to the fold.