The recent diplomatic crisis in Middle East seems to be building pressure on Qatar as it faces a number of challenges after being cut off from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. The timeline of the present situation suggests that outcome was to some point anticipated by the experts. Here is how the diplomatic mayhem erupted amongst oil rich countries and its impact on Qatar.
Hunters Becomes the Hunted
In December 2015, a group of Qataris accompanied by members of royal family were on a hunting trip in Iraq when they were taken hostage. However, after a time period of 16 months, they were released. Earlier this week, Financial Times reported that government of Qatar had paid $1 billion to two blacklisted groups along with an al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria and Iranian security personnel in order to win the release of that group. This sparked an argument that Qatar was financing terrorism.
Hacking Gone Wrong
The oil rich state was dragged further into political turmoil after recent alleged statements from Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hammad Al Thani, which came up on Qatari new agency website suggesting “Iran as a force to ensure stability” in the region. He also defended Hamas and Hizbollah. However, the Qataris later rejected the statement suggesting that their website had been hacked.
Qatar Airways Suffers Most
The diplomatic turmoil led Qatar Airways to suspend all the flights to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, and UAE. The impact of this decision is massive as Qatar Airways flew 25 flights to UAE and 20 to Saudi Arabia in a day. The airline has been banned from Bahrain and Saudi Airspace and has to use Iranian Airspace instead.
Food Prices Anticipated to Soar
The immediate consequence will be felt on the shelves of the super marts across Qatar. It is believed that almost 40% of Qatar’s food is imported by Saudi Arabia via land border and that bringing food via sea ports and by air will lead to rocketing prices for the people.
FIFA World Cup 2022- Is it in trouble?
The jolts of the diplomatic crisis are to be felt in the world of football as Qatar prepares for World Cup in 2022. There are eight stadiums under construction and some believe that this crisis could impact supplies of material, which would delay the projects.
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