Within a day, many countries issued successive statements to sever diplomatic relations with one country, which is rare in the history of international diplomacy.
So, why on earth has Qatar been “collectively severed” by many countries in such a short time? How did the subsequent events evolve?
The crisis of severance caused by a news report
The severance crisis began in 2017, and the trigger for this incident was a news report broadcast on the website of Qatar’s state news agency.
The report is said to be a statement by Tamim, the Emir of Qatar, saying that he supports the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) in Iran and Palestine, criticizes the United States and Saudi Arabia, and condemns allegations that Qatar supports terrorist organizations.
Qatari immediately said that the website and social account of the Qatar News Agency were attacked by hackers, and the content of the Emir’s speech was forged by hackers, and the content broadcast was incorrect.
However, the analysis believes that despite the explanations provided by Qatar, it was this incident that caused Qatar’s relations with other Middle Eastern countries to deteriorate rapidly.
Saudi Arabia and other countries have successively announced the severance of diplomatic relations with Qatar.
On June 5, 2017, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt announced that they had severed diplomatic relations with Qatar, and took measures such as recalling diplomatic personnel in Qatar, requiring Qatari diplomats to leave the country, and closing land, sea and air links with Qatar.
In response, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Qatar issued a statement denying allegations of supporting terrorism and interfering in the internal affairs of other countries.
At the same time, Iran, Kuwait and other parties said that severing diplomatic relations would not help solve the problem, and called on all parties to exercise restraint and resolve their differences through negotiations.
Saudi Arabia and other four countries put forward 13 points to Qatar.
On June 23, 2017, Saudi Arabia and other four countries put forward 13 points to Qatar as a condition for resolving the crisis of severance of diplomatic relations.
These 13-point demands include: Qatar withdrawing diplomatic personnel in Iran, ending all military cooperation with Iran, closing Al Jazeera and all its channels, and stopping the construction of Turkish military bases in Qatar.
However, Qatar’s reply has never been satisfactory to the four countries.
Multi-party mediation, the Gulf severance crisis reappears for the turn of the situation
Since then, despite the mediation and mediation of the international community, most of them have achieved little, and the crisis of severance of diplomatic relations has not been resolved.
It was not until the beginning of December last year that the relevant parties began to send positive signals one after another that the Gulf severance of diplomatic relations crisis ushered in a turning point in its resolution again.