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Bahrain calls for freezing of Qatar’s PGCC membership

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Bahraini Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifah has warned that his country will not attend an upcoming Persian Gulf Cooperation Council if Qatar doesn’t alter its stance on regional issues. Keep Reading

US worked with Saudi regime, Qatar, Turkey to support terrorists in Syria: Ex-Qatar PM

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Hamad bin Jassim admitted in an interview on October 26 with Qatari national broadcaster that his country, a tiny state to the south of the Persian Gulf, was part of a group of four countries that delivered weapons and funds to the terrorists in Syria. Keep Reading

Egypt likely to be removed from the 2018 World Cup

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Infantino said the speech of the Egyptian Foreign Minister was a clear disrespect to FIFA and its members, and a clear intervention by a political officer in football. Keep Reading

Yemen and economic crises make the cost of the transformation in Saudi Arabia dangerous

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Saudi Arabia’s business tycoon Turki al-Rasheed said the crisis with Qatar, Yemen, Syria and Iraq was hampering the shift in Saudi Arabia and threatening not to achieve sustainable development. Keep Reading

Saudi-led regimes bribed, threatened African States to isolate Qatar

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In an interview with French-language news magazine Jeune Afrique , Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani revealed that Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have been compelling vulnerable African countries to cut ties with Doha. Keep Reading

Saudi Arabia’s role in removing Nawaz Sharif

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Saudi Arabia planned to replace Sharif with one of his ministers temporarily and then, his brother Shahbaz Sharif to be his successor. According to media reports, Sharif who was once “the number one man in the kingdom” is now not trusted by the Saudis. Because he proved that he has no use, any more.

Saudi Arabia asked for help from Pakistan in a number of vital issues such as the Yemen war and the crisis with Qatar, but the parliament of Pakistan rejected them. And Nawaz Sharif didn’t do anything to change Pakistan’s opinion in favor of Saudi Arabia. It made the Saudis to find a more efficient man than Nawaz Sharif.

“Some Pakistani politicians are financially dependent on the Gulf States, including Saudi Arabia and the UAE,” said leader of the Tehreek-e-Insaf Party Imran Khan in this regard at a press conference. “Although they have government positions in Pakistan, they have also obtained residence and work permit in some Gulf States,” he added.

After the leak of Panama Papers, another scandal has been revealed that shows the ministers in the Nawaz Sharif’s government have been seeking residency in some Gulf States so they could have a place to escape after the termination of their presidency, because they are accused of financial corruption and law-breaking.

On the other, Indian Defense Minister Arun Jaitley told reporters in an interview that “Americans have the right to say the Pakistani army is easy to buy and sell.” Jaitley mocked Pakistan’s army chief Raheel Sharif and said: “he left his country for a handful of Saudi dollars and became Riyadh’s mercenary. Pakistani soldiers sacrifice their lives for a few dollars at the borders of Yemen and Saudi Arabia. But we are ready to offer Raheel and Pakistani troops more money to serve the Indian army.”

It is worth mentioning that Ahsan Iqbal, Minister of Planning and Development of Pakistan, was the only politician that has reacted to these accusations. Iqbal announced in his Twitter account that he had work and residence permit in Saudi Arabia for 2 years. He had worked as an advisor of Governor Madina on Digital Economy Project from 2004 to 2006.

Netanyahu: Surely there is are cooperative relations between Israel and Arab countries

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The steps of normalization between the Israeli occupation entity and the kingdoms and sheikhs of the Gulf, led by the Bani Saud system, took place. Public normalization overtook its path. Keep Reading

The UAE is venturing on its ports in exchange for the removal of the Arab Gulf blockade

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Where the information indicates the control of the UAE to the Directorate of Azan in the province of Shabwa in eastern Yemen and put its hands on the gas fields and pipelines linking to the port of Balhaf allocated for the export of oil and gas with American assistance. Keep Reading

Iran land route drastically cuts transportation time, cost to Qatar

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The trucks carrying milk, fruits, vegetables, grains and other food products made the journey from the Turkish city of Mardin to the Iranian port of Bushehr in the Persian Gulf from where they were carried by Ro-Ro ships to the Qatari port of Ruwais.

Qatar is under a blockade by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt which cut trade and transport links with Doha in June in a diplomatic dispute which has exposed serious fissures in the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

Turkey and Iran were quick to ease the economic stranglehold on the tiny Arab nation, flying food and other commodities as the diplomatic fallout escalated, and then agreeing on a land route to export goods to Qatar.

The Doha-based Al Sharq newspaper quoted prominent Qatari businessman Ahmed al-Khalaf as saying that the new land trade line between Turkey and Qatar via Iran was reducing the cost of transportation drastically.

Meanwhile, the sea route between Turkey and Qatar initially took 11 days, while a separate land route took 14 days. The new commercial land line via Iran has shortened the duration to less than two days.

The distance between Mardin and Bushehr is about 1,700 km, which can be traveled by trucks in about 22 hours. The route by sea between Bushehr and Qatar’s Hamad Port takes just 8 hours to cover, where the wheeled cargo is carried by roll on/roll off ships.

This means a truck with Turkish goods can reach Doha via Iran in less than two days.

The Iran trade route is “a significant step in tackling the illegal blockade as less transportation time means perishable goods can be transported quickly without damage,” the Qatari daily The Peninsula wrote.

According to board member of Qatar Chamber Mohammed bin Mahdi Al Ahbabi, the new route via Iran has been reducing the cost of transportation by about 80 percent compared to air cargo.

“The cost of air freight is ranging between $1.2 and $1.5 per kilogram, while the cost of road transport (via Iran) is approximately 15 cents,” he said.

Iran’s network of road and rail lines

Chairman of Qatar Consume Ali Hassan Al Khalaf, who runs a chain of retail outlets across the country, said the new land route is going to be more sustainable and economically viable in the days to come.

“As more and more importers start using the route, the economies of scale will come into play, which will help further reduce the transportation cost,” he told the Qatari paper.

The businessmen touched on a wide network of road and rail lines which Iran has developed, saying other neighbors of the Islamic Republic such as Russia and Pakistan can also benefit from the new land route to export their goods to Qatar.

Before the diplomatic crisis, Qatar relied almost entirely on Saudi Arabia for imports. Ali Hassan Al Khalaf said unlike the Saudi land route, the Iran trade line will have lesser number of checkpoints, which will ensure a faster movement of trucks.

“This will not only save a lot of time and money, but goods will reach without losing much of their nutritional value.”

Kofi Annan: If the Muslim Brotherhood was a terrorist group, Britain would expel its leaders from London

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The truth is Qatar supports peaceful Islamic movements, he added in an interview with Austrian daily Die Presse that

Former UN Secretary-General added: “the root of some of these differences between Qatar and some of the Arab states back to Qatar’s support of the Muslim Brotherhood. Because these countries consider the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group with extremist ideology.” He stressed that “it is just an excuse for a boycott and Qatar’s issue is completely different from the Muslim Brotherhood.”

Annan stressed that “the Muslim Brotherhood leaders have popular and political sanctuaries in different parts of the world. They live peacefully in some Western countries and enjoy full freedom of opinion and action. And these countries respect their rights.”

Annan stated in that regard how can the Muslim Brotherhood be called a terrorist organization, while the United Kingdom openly accepts its members and leaders? “UK is considered the most important political shelter to the organization in the West. It has explicitly acknowledged its peacefulness. It also denies the organization’s affiliation to terrorism and fanaticism. The organization has several offices in London and holds press conferences at universities in the UK.”

Annan added the major difference between Qatar and some Arab states, especially the UAE, originates from Qatar’s strong ties with the United States and Pentagon, Qatar’s gas wealth and holding the world’s third largest natural gas reserves that has supported the country from any economic collapse and prepares it for future challenges.

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