Stripping Qatar from FIFA World cup 2022 suggests Gulf crisis

Stripping Qatar from FIFA World cup 2022 suggests Gulf crisis

Six countries that cut diplomatic ties with Qatar last month have demanded Federation Internationale de Football Association strip the Gulf state of the 2022 World Cup and threatened a boycott.

The Arab quartet have expelled Qatari nationals and imposed a blockade, impacting mixed-nationality families in the Gulf, students and people seeking medical treatment overseas.

"France does not want to substitute the mediator", Le Drian said in Saudi Arabia on Saturday.

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. Staunchly defending its innocence against the allegations from the onset of the crisis, Qatar claimed the demands were deliberately created to be impossible for it to meet and rejected them, causing the current stalemate in negotiations.

The Saudi Arabia Minister for Foreign Affairs, Adel Bin Ahmed Al Jubeir, said that the foreign ministry will provide the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs with a complete file of negative actions carried out by Qatar over the years, referring to also providing the American side and other countries with the same file.

"We can't have well off nations funding terrorism", Trump said in Wednesday's interview.

While Saudi Arabia is a key USA ally, Qatar is home to the U.S. military's largest air base in the region, Al-Udeid.

It also claims the boycott has led to human rights violations, and on Thursday one group said abuses were a outcome of the crisis.

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

The Gulf crisis is the worst to hit the region since the establishment of the Gulf Cooperation Council in 1981.

Hishammuddin, who is also Minister with Special Functions in the Prime Minister's Department, added that the visit was also significant as Malaysia enjoys good ties with Qatar and the four countries that were going through the internal crisis. We have to find a quick solution to the crisis that is taking place.

A month ago, the United States and Qatar signed a deal for the buy of F-15 fighter jets with an underlying expense of $12bn.

On his part, Al-Jubeir said at the press conference that Riyadh will pass to Paris a full dossier on Doha, which contains "all violations, committed by Qatar", according to the broadcaster. Qatar has rejected the demands, saying they undermine its sovereignty. "We are not looking for an escalation", Ms. Al-Kaabi said, suggesting that the Saudi-UAE led alliance was looking for a face-saving end to a crisis in which parties have dug in their heels, reducing margins for a way out that would allow all to declare victory.

The United States and its Western allies have vast economic and political interests in the Gulf, which pumps one fifth of the world's oil supplies. What is interesting is that the USA secretary of state, during his trip to Doha, described Qatar's stance as "logical".