Qatar Crisis; Backgrounds and Prospects

The publication of words ascribed to the Emir of Qatar in support of Iran and Hezbollah on May 23, 2017 triggered a deep crisis in the Persian Gulf Council. Despite that Qatar denied the statement attributed to Tamim ibn Hamd ibn Khalifeh Al Sani, the phone conversation he had with Iran's president along with El-Jazirah's shift in its tone on Iran's regional allies, particularly Hezbollah, signalled different attitudes taken by Doha and Riyadh to Iran. The continuation of this situation resulted in a cut of relationships with Qatar by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, the UAE and some other Arab countries to create the biggest ever crisis in the Persian Gulf Council. Qatar's negative response to the 13 conditions set by Saudis further exacerbated the situation. The question which is posed for many activists and scholars of the Middle East is the prospects of Qatar's crisis. Grasping the future of this crisis requires understanding its roots and formation initiation as well as having a clear knowledge of the reason why Qatar is resisting Saudi Arabia and its regional allies' economic and military threats.

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