“European Union urged to do more to tackle Gulf crisis”
24 Jul 2017
EU Today writes:
The EU has been urged to take a “leadership role” in helping to defuse the current crisis in the Gulf.
Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates have severed diplomatic ties and cut all land, sea, and air routes with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism and destabilizing the region.
Despite a frantic round of shuttle diplomacy,led by the United States and Kuwait, there appears no end in sight to the dispute.
Now a regional expert has urged the international community, including the EU, to intensify the pressure on Qatar to participate in negotiations aimed at ending the crisis.
Speaking in Brussels on Tuesday, Dr Richard Burchill, of TRENDS, a leading independent think tank based in the Gulf, said the EU could join with the US and Kuwait in the ongoing mediation efforts.
He said there was “clear and overwhelming evidence” that Qatar had supported Islamist movements such as the Muslim Brotherhood and helped to fund jihadist forces including groups linked to al-Qaida, Islamic State and other extreme Islamist groups.
Burchill told reporters, “There is very strong and clear evidence of this and that Qatar has been, and continues, to directly support terrorist organisations, including Islamic States.
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