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In 2017, banks were warned that doing business with Qatar would lead to consequences, but now the tide has changed. With Qatar’s emergence as a major player on the world stage, bankers have criticized the GCC dispute stating it’s bad for business. Initially choosing to chase Saudi Arabia, leading banks are now trying to repair ties with Doha’s financial district. According to Bloomberg, executives from HSBC Holdings Plc, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and other global…

88 percent of Qataris said they see media in their country as credible, and 99 percent said they think their country is headed in the right direction. Despite the blockade imposed upon Qatar by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain, the country continues to prosper not only in the GCC region but globally. The World Bank has predicted that Qatar’s economy will grow by 3 percent in both 2019 and 2020, and…

President Hassan Rouhani said Iran will continue to pursue its missile programme to defend the country from external threats. On February 11th 2010, Iran celebrated the 40th anniversary of the 1979 revolution up and down the country. The Iranian people took to the streets to mark the momentous occasion as they renewed their allegiance to the country’s Islamic principles amid rising political and economic pressure over US sanctions. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addressed the crowds…

Mohammed bin Salman told a top aide that he would use “a bullet” on Khashoggi. Despite managing to so far dodge the proverbial bullet over the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is facing fresh claims that he was behind the assassination of the Saudi journalist. According to the New York Times, an intelligence report reveals that Prince Mohammed told a top aide in 2017 that he would use “a bullet” on Khashoggi.…

President Salih said that to his knowledge American forces are only in Iraq to assist in the fight against terrorism. President Trump’s plan to maintain a military presence in Iraq to “watch” over neighboring Iran has been rejected by Iraqi President Barham Salih. According to The Washington Post, President Salih declined the request stating that the United States should not burden Iraq with its own “policy priorities.” During an interview on CBS, President Trump said that…

Qatar’s new international assertiveness has led it into areas where Riyadh has for years been the dominant Gulf party and comes amid a succession of scandals to hit Saudi Arabia in recent months. Qatar continues to gain international recognition the world over, this time from the renowned Financial Times newspaper in the United Kingdom which highlights the country’s success since the Saudi-led siege took hold 18 months ago. According to the newspaper, Qatar is seeking…

The fake protest follows revelations that a PR firm in London offered cash to extras to form an “anti-Qatar event” near Downing Street during a meeting between the Emir and Theresa May. Qatar has found evidence of an “international smear campaign” after extras were offered US$100 to take part in a demonstration against the country outside the United Nations headquarters in New York. The fake protest follows revelations that a PR firm in London offered cash to extras…

The Emir pledged support which is aimed at helping the struggling nation, and follows a US$4 billion pledge to develop the Suakin port last year. Qatar’s Emir has offered support for Sudan’s “unity and stability” during a meeting with President Omar al-Bashir on Wednesday. According to Reuters, the support is aimed at helping the struggling nation and in part for access to the Red Sea. Last year, Qatar agreed a US$4 billion deal to jointly…

Experts have claimed that Saudi Arabia’s bid to provide its own aid to Lebanon may be seen as an effort to push back on Qatar in the country. In what has been viewed as further evidence of regional competition and a move set to exacerbate the GCC diplomatic dispute, Saudi Arabia has followed Qatar’s lead and offered support to Lebanon. The kingdom’s finance minister told CNBC that Saudi Arabia is prepared to do all it can…

Pompeo made official visits to both Doha and Riyadh this week, and called for a resolution to the ongoing GCC dispute. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called for an end to the 19-month blockade of Qatar by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, and the UAE. According to Al Jazeera, the US politician made official visits to both Doha and Riyadh this week, and called for a resolution to the GCC dispute.  We are all…