Qatar Blockade: US Aims to Resolve Gulf Crisis After UAE-Israel Deal

Qatar Blockade: US Aims to Resolve Gulf Crisis After UAE-Israel Deal 

The United States has been trying to resolve the Gulf crisis from a long time. The Trump administration’s latest attempt to normalise ties between the United Arab Emirates and Israel is the perfect example that Washington desperately wants to the crisis to end.

While the UAE and Bahrain peace initiative with Israel is just the beginning, the US is hopeful that the Gulf countries would soon end the blockade imposed on Qatar also. The Qatar blockade, which was imposed by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain, has been intact for more than three years now, despite the US meddling in to resolve it.

The US, in the past, has made several attempts to persuade Saudi Arabia and the UAE to end the Qatar blockade. On Monday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that Washington is hopeful that Saudi and its regional allies will end the blockade on neighbouring Qatar that has persisted despite repeated US calls for a resolution. In order to confront Iran over its growing influence in the Middle East region, the US is desperately trying to unite the Gulf nations.

During the opening of the US-Qatar strategic dialogue, wherein US Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and their Qatari counterparts also participated, Pompeo said, “To keep our focus on this work and to close the door to increased Iranian meddling, it’s past time to find a solution to the Gulf rift. The Trump administration is eager to see this dispute resolved and to open Qatar’s air and land borders currently blocked by other Gulf states. I look forward to progress on this issue.”

“We are confronting issues that matter not only to our two nations but also to the wider stability of the Middle East and neighbouring regions,” Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani. “Despite regional challenges, including the ongoing blockade against us, our collaboration has continuously strengthened.”

Following the Qatar blockade, the four nations also highlighted Qatar’s close relationship with Iran. Qatar shares a massive offshore gas field with Iran that provides the Gulf country with its wealth. The peninsular nation restored full diplomatic ties with Iran amid the Gulf crisis with neighbours.

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