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article imageGCC states reach first-step deal to end Qatar dispute

By Paul Iddon     Apr 18, 2014 in Politics
The six-member Gulf Cooperation Council has agreed upon the terms of a security pact which they hope will bring about an end with the dispute around the policies of GCC-member state Qatar.
As reported here yesterday ministers of these GCC states were convening in Riyadh in order to discuss the crisis and negotiate its possible end.
Now Doha News is telling us that following months of strained, and even tense, relationship between Qatar on the one side and its fellow GCC alliance states Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UAE on the other there may be an agreement that will see to a resolution of these tensions.
Kuwait was thanked for its help in meditating between the two sides of this tense dispute.
A joint statement was issued by the GCC whereby it was said that,
"It was agreed to adopt mechanisms to guarantee a collective framework and to ensure that policies of any of the GCC countries would not affect interests, security and stability of the countries or undermine their sovereignty . . .
Their Highnesses and Excellencies agreed the importance of proper fulfilment of the commitments undertaken, in order to safeguard the achievements and to move forward -- by the grace of Allah -- into a new phase of cohesion to surpass difficulties and challenges and to meet aspirations of the peoples of the member states."
The National in its overview of this latest development in the month-long divide between Qatar and its regional GCC-alliance neighbors reminds us of why Qatar was singled out for condemnation and isolation. It had after all given billions to the Muslim Brotherhood government of Mohammed Morsi in Egypt before his ousting in July 2013 by an army interim government of which Saudi Arabia supported and Qatar denounced.
It has also hosted for many years the Al Jazeera news network which has been critical of many of the policies and human rights abuses of Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Saudi Arabia has even said that Qatar should shut down that network completely.
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