Issue Brief on “Qatar-Gulf Rift: Going Beyond a War of Words”

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates broke off relations with Qatar on June 5, 2017 in what is being seen as the worst diplomatic crisis to hit the Gulf Arab states in decades. The move has further deepened fissures among Gulf Arab nations.

In an indication of Qatar’s growing isolation, Yemen’s internationally backed government has also joined the move to break relations, as did the Maldives, Mauritius, Mauritania and the government based in eastern Libya. Jordan has also stated that it would downgrade its diplomatic representation with Qatar. After the May 5 development, only Kuwait and Oman have relations with Qatar.

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