Arab Nations Call for Federation Internationale de Football Association to Strip Qatar of World Cup

Faith Castro
July 17, 2017

Moreover, in the recent trip, the U.S. concluded a deal on fighting terrorism with Doha in what is believed to be a move to please Saudi Arabia and its allies.

Despite mediation efforts by the United States and Kuwait, the Gulf countries appear to have reached an impasse. Prior to the dispute, Qataris could travel visa-free between the Gulf countries.

Le Drian stressed that France wants a quick end to the tension and the blockade enforced.

France has called for a swift lifting of sanctions that target Qatari nationals in an effort to ease a month-long rift between the Gulf country and a Saudi Arabia-led group.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian arrived in Saudi Arabia to help address the ongoing Qatar diplomatic crisis.

He held talks with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahayan, who is also deputy commander in chief of the UAE's armed forces.

After his visit to Riyadh, Le Drian will go to Kuwait and the UAE to attempt mediation. He is scheduled to visit the UAE and Kuwait next.

Ties between Doha and other Persian Gulf Arab states suffered an eight-month breach in 2014 over Doha's alleged support for the Muslim Brotherhood. Qatar has rejected the demands, saying they undermine its sovereignty.

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There have been allegations that Qatar has used virtual slave labor to build the stadiums where the games will be played.

"There are basic principles that must be committed by all countries, including Qatar", he said.

According to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), speaking at a press conference in Jeddah on Saturday with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, Al Jubeir said he hoped the crisis would be resolved by the Gulf countries themselves, and that Qatar would show the wisdom to respond to the demands of the worldwide community, not just the four Arab countries.

The foreign ministers of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, meeting in Cairo, "regret the negative response from Qatar", they said in a statement.

According to the same source, the hacks and posting took place on May 24. "In light of that, nothing will change and we must look to a different mode in relations", he added.

Although U.S. officials noted that Tillerson was just supporting the efforts of Kuwait, the official mediator, his first foray into shuttle diplomacy has thrust him into the forefront of the standoff.

While in Qatar, he secured an agreement to enhance cooperation on combatting terrorism and terror financing. Qatar's sovereignty and curb freedom of the media prompted the alliance to adopt six principles that repackaged the demands and removed some of the sharp edges.Much like the original demands, those principles also failed to garner the kind of global support the alliance needs to push forward with a tightening of the screws on Qatar.

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