DOHA – Following the US-Muslim Summit, back in May, Arab countries have shown their ‘true colors’ boycotting Iran at one hand and Qatar another.
- US President Donald Trump has claimed the credit for creating split in the Gulf countries. “During my recent trip to the Middle East, I stated that there can no longer be funding of Radical Ideology. Leaders pointed to Qatar – look!.” Trump tweeted on Tuesday.
- Bahrain was the first to announce it had severed ties with Qatar on June 5. It was followed by Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Egypt.
- Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, and Egypt have close all air, land and sea passage to Qatari vessels and vehicles.
- Bahrain and Egypt ordered Qatari embassies and delegates to leave their countries within 48 hours of the announcement of the severing of ties.
- Though there was the panic of food shortage, Qatar will be able to survive the ordeal since it has a port which imports goods and also has $335bn in its sovereign wealth fund. Following the border closure, Iran has offered food shipments to Qatar.