Sanctions List Angers Qataris as Gulf Crisis Grows
Qataris denounce list drawn up by Arab nations as ‘baseless and without foundation in fact’
A sanctions list drawn up by Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies risks escalating the diplomatic crisis in the region.
The list cites a dozen organisations and 59 individuals it accuses of links to Islamist militancy. A number of the names on the list are Qataris or individuals with strong links to Qatar.
Qatar’s foreign minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, has strongly and repeatedly denied that his country funds extremists and has stated that Qatar will not to back down in the face of the Saudi-led campaign.
The list was announced a day after Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, rushed new legislation through Parliament allowing for increased military cooperation with Qatar.
Turkey’s Hurriyet newspaper has reported that the the potential deployment of additional Turkish troops to Qatar could begin almost immediately with a military assessment team being dispatched to investigate the best strategy for reinforcing the Turkish mission already based in Doha.
A valid summary of developments can be found on The Guardian’s website in an article written by Peter Beaumont:Qatar crisis grows as Arab nations draw up terror sanctions list