GCC Crisis Week 18 — UN Secretary General calls for dialogue amid crisis

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Here’s what has happened since last week’s updates.

September 28

The CEO of Qatar Petroleum, Saad Al-Kaabi said that Qatar has not cut off gas supply to the UAE despite the blockade.

Qatar and China signed an agreement to enhance security cooperation between the two countries. The agreement focuses on combatting terrorism in all its forms.

September 29

Qatari company Trans Oceans signed an agreement with Omani maritime transport company, Naseera to facilitate trade transport between the two countries. 

US Defense Secretary, James Mattis made an unannounced visit to Qatar, during which he held discussions with His Highness the Emir of Qatar and the Defense Minister of Qatar.

September 30

A high-level meeting regarding cyberattacks was held in New York by the Permanent Mission of the State of Qatar to the United Nations on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

The Doha International Center for Interfaith Dialogue (DICID) organized an intellectual seminar where prominent speakers discussed the need for dialogue to resolve political disputes.

His Highness the Emir held phone conversations with the President of Turkey regarding current issues.

October 1

The UN Secretary General called on all parties involved in the Gulf blockade to sit down and conduct talks to resolve the issue. 

October 2

Iran’s Foreign Minister is set to visit Qatar to conduct talks about relations in his first visit to the country after the beginning of the crisis.

October 4 

Qatar Central Bank Governor Sheikh Abdullah bin Saud Al-Thani stated that Qatar’s government has ample financial reserves to withstand the sanctions imposed on it by the Saudi-led bloc of countries amidst the crisis. 

He also dismissed reports of any strain on the Qatar’s banking system stating they are fake news, and highlighting that Qatar’s domestic liquidity has risen 8.3 percent since the end of July.

October 5

Amid prolonged difficulties in accessing calls in Qatar via VOIP apps such as Skype, WhatsApp, Viber, and Facetime, Skype stated on its website that its services are allegedly blocked in the Qatar and the UAE.

Social media has seen a flurry of queries from the public to the country’s two ISPs, Ooredoo and Vodafone for clarification on VOIP issues. Qatar’s Ministry of Interior had stated that the April 22, 2017 hacking of the Qatar News Agency involved the use of Skype.

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