GULF COOPERATION COUNCIL/QATAR/JORDAN/PHILIPPINES – (June 8, 2017) – Jordan, Philippines take action as fallout continues in diplomatic crisis
The Gulf countries leading this initiative accuse Qatar of supporting terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda and ISIS
IMPACT – MEDIUM
The fallout from the Qatari diplomatic crisis continued this week, as Jordan downgraded its diplomatic ties with Doha and the Philippines placed a limited ban on workers planning on traveling to the small Persian Gulf nation. Kuwait positioned itself as a possible broker between Qatar and the Gulf Cooperation Council countries leading the initiative. The crisis has impacted not just nationals, but also residents of countries involved in the dispute, as it is unclear whether travel restrictions will apply to them.
Background: As BAL reported Monday, the Gulf countries leading this initiative accuse Qatar of supporting terrorist groups including Al-Qaeda and ISIS. Qatar’s Foreign Ministry called the accusations “baseless” and said the blockade had “no legitimate justification.” Qatar has maintained a rocky relationship with its GCC co-members for almost two decades, but the rift has widened in recent months over several issues. Qatar criticized the anti-Iran rhetoric following U.S. President Donald Trump’s speech in Saudi Arabia; soon after, the UAE and other GCC countries cut access to media from Doha-based Al Jazeera.
BAL Analysis: The steps taken by Jordan and the Philippines in response to the diplomatic crisis show that its impact is being felt widely. Kuwait and other countries have taken steps toward resolving the situation, but so far tensions remain high. The situation is evolving and may change quickly. BAL is following developments and will alert clients to any additional changes or restrictions.
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