October 2, 2018 By The Editor
The immediate consequences of the Qatar crisis
The Qatar crisis immediately hit the necessity commodities affecting the lives of the whole population.
Food and other essentials, which used to be trucked into Qatar from Saudi and UAE ports by Nepali drivers, have been stopped at the border.
These four states have spearheaded the anti-Qatar campaign by sealing their borders and closing their airspace to Qatar’s planes. They have also cut off trade ties. Most of the Arab states in the Gulf have demanded that their citizens leave Qatar. The UAE has even made it illegal to post expressions of sympathy toward Qatar on social media.
UAE-based carriers Emirates, Etihad Airways and FlyDubai suspended flights to and from Qatar beginning the day after, Tuesday morning.
The workers who were getting ready to fly to Doha have either put off their plans, or decided not to go. Those who had already booked tickets on flights from Kathmandu via stopovers in the UAE to Doha were stuck.
The three Gulf states gave Qatari visitors and residents two weeks to leave their countries, Reuters news agency reported.
The siege of Qatar by its neighbors has separated families, interrupted medical care and education, and violated human rights.
Doha’s answer to the Qatar crisis blockade
Regarding the blockade and its resolution, Qatar’s divulged a lot of stances and belief in dialogue and discussion in resolving differences (and not brute strength or bullying).
Qatar calls decision by Gulf nations and Egypt ‘unjustified’, saying allegations against Doha have ‘no basis in fact’.
Qatar’s foreign ministry said it regretted the measures by the Arab nations, calling the decisions “unjustified”.
“The measures are unjustified and are based on claims and allegations that have no basis in fact,” the statement said, adding that the decisions would “not affect the normal lives of citizens and residents”.
“The aim is clear, and it is to impose guardianship on the state. This by itself is a violation of its [Qatar’s] sovereignty as a state,” it added.
“It has been a futile crisis, manufactured by our neighbours,” Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani told a major security conference held in Germany on Friday.
“By defusing the impact of the illegal and aggressive measures imposed on our people, Qatar has preserved its sovereignty,” he said.
“Those aggressive actors wish to use smaller states as pawns within their power games and sectarian conflicts.”
Source: Al Jazeera
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