Chronicle of a Failed US Mediation in the Gulf Foretold


French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian called Sunday for de-escalation in the row between Qatar and four Arab countries, as he held talks in the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait, a mediator in the crisis.

Later that day, the official Qatar News Agency quoted Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani as criticising USA "hostility" towards Iran, describing it as an "Islamic power that can not be ignored", and calling Hamas the "legitimate representative of the Palestinian people".

U.S. officials cited by the Washington Post said that, on May 23, officials identified as senior members of the "UAE government held a discussion about the hacking and its implementation".

Saudi Ambassador to Khartoum Ali bin Hassan Jaafar earlier this month urged Sudan to take "clear stance" on the ongoing Gulf crisis, accusing Qatar of seeking the backing of two states with regional ambitions, Turkey and Iran.

Gargash welcomed the US-Qatari memorandum to disrupt financing of terrorist organizations, signed last week, and described it as a positive sign. The opponents of Qatar believe this agreement will not ease concerns regarding Doha's activities and that Doha must fulfil all their demands.

On his previous visit on Tuesday, the U.S. and Qatar signed an agreement to combat terror funding, subsequently dismissed as "insufficient" by the Saudi-led states. Qatar strongly denies the allegations.

It was the United States that, for the first time, brought up the issue of Qatar's financial backing for terrorism at the Riyadh meeting.

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"We've sent a message to Qatar".

"We will have a good relationship with Qatar and not going to have a problem with the military base", Trump said in an interview with CBN News circulated on Wednesday.

United States officials concede they aren't yet sure if the UAE directly hacked the Qatari outlet, or "contracted it out", but either way it's clear this whole diplomatic crisis was manufactured ahead of time, with the goal of forcing Qatar to make concessions coming before the blockade was publicly discussed.

Jubeir said that during his meeting with the French minister he discussed bilateral relations between the two countries, efforts exerted to combat terrorism and extremism, and the most prominent regional and worldwide issues.

It also claims the boycott has led to human rights violations, and on Thursday one group said abuses were a effect of the crisis. "It wants to be a facilitator by joining efforts of other countries", he stressed.

"We are headed for a long estrangement... we are very far from a political solution involving a change in Qatar's course and, in light of that, nothing will change and we have to look for a different format of relations", UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said.