The Gulf crisis, which began three and a half years ago, is now nearing its end. There may be a special announcement about this on Tuesday. All major parties involved in the dispute will meet in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday. In 2017, several Gulf countries, led by Saudi Arabia, severed their ties with Qatar and announced its siege. These countries alleged that Qatar had formed close ties with Iran and was promoting radical Islamic groups.
The siege of Qatar was then believed to have been carried out at the behest of US President Donald Trump. Trump was at that time trying to isolate Iran. Experts say that now that the phase of Trump is coming to an end, a change has also been observed in the attitude of Gulf countries.
The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), a group of Gulf countries, will meet on Tuesday in the city of Al-Ula in Saudi Arabia. According to the reports in the newspapers of West Asia, an agreement has been drafted to further the dialogue between the Gulf countries and Qatar and to create an atmosphere of mutual trust. But some sources have told the local media that not all the Gulf countries that are bycoting Qatar have signed the draft yet.
Countries that joined the Qatar boycott included Saudi Arabia (UAE), the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. Apart from these countries, the Gulf Cooperation Council also includes Kuwait, Oman and Qatar. Kuwait and Oman took a neutral stand in the dispute. Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain fired Qatar’s occupants in connection with the siege of Qatar, halted the movement of Qatar airline aircraft, prohibited flying Qatar planes from their airspace Was, and sealed its ports and borders.
Later these countries placed their 13 demands before Qatar. They also included a demand to shut down Qatar-run TV channel Al-Jazeera. At the same time, Qatar was asked to close its Turkish military base and stop giving money to terrorists. Qatar denied the charge of giving money to the terrorists. He also refused to accept the remaining demands.
There are reports that the agreement will be announced after Tuesday’s meeting. It is possible that the emir of Qatar will also be present on this occasion. However, it has not been confirmed yet that he will go to the meeting. Some reports have suggested that Qatar may accept a demand that its media institutions moderate their reporting on Saudi Arabia. He may be persuaded to include al-Jazeera in these. According to reports, Bahrain has not yet given its consent to the deal. The rest of the country has agreed to it.
Last December 22, UAE Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash said in a tweet that the political and social environment of the Gulf is waiting for the Qatar crisis to end. But he had said that he had again voiced his complaint about Qatar’s media. Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan also said a few days ago that the end of the Gulf crisis is near. Kuwait has been mediating to end the crisis for a long time. Kuwait Foreign Minister Sheikh Ahmed Nasir al-Mohammed al-Sabah has said in a recent statement that all sides have agreed to a final settlement. This statement has raised hopes of ending the crisis.