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Saudi-Turkish ties strained over differing views on Qatar

Oprea wrote: “Trump’s backing of the Gulf states is emblematic of his attempt to pivot the United States away from Iran and back toward Saudi Arabia, while the diplomatic crisis itself reveals a fundamental tension between two competing visions for the Middle East among the US foreign policy apparatus”. First, since Pakistan has cordial relations with both Qatar and Saudi Arabia and is also dependent on both the Gulf countries for economic reasons, it can not afford to be partisan and take sides in the prevailing conflict. “It also strenuously denies that Minister Carmelo Abela has made the remarks reported b y fox-news24.com, or any remarks whatsoever on the situation concerning Saudi Arabia and Qatar”.He noted that the Saudi Arabians are the importers of the main bulk of Somaliland livestock and the bilateral relations between the two has been in place for ages.The shooting happened after two boats fishing in the Gulf were pushed off course by waves, say Iranian reports. After the attack, Shia Muslim Iran repeated accusations that Saudi Arabia funds Sunni fighters, including the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS). Saudi-US nexus against Iran is a serious matter as both countries are focusing on further isolating Tehran on unsubstantiated charges of sponsoring terrorism. Iran and Turkey are now providing Qatar’s required food supplies. Qatar, unlike Iraq, which in August 1990 had occupied Kuwait, is not involved in any aggression and can not be punished by imposing sanctions on dubious charges of sponsoring terrorism and terrorist groups in the Middle East.An Iranian fisherman was shot and killed Saturday by the Saudi coastguard which accused him of entering Saudi waters, Iran’s interior ministry said, fuelling tensions between the regional rivals. Some analysts believe the Saudi anger is rather because Qatar acts more independently of Riyadh, including its relations with Iran.The government asserts that the decision is well in line with the political interests of this country.H.E. Ahmed Mohammed Mohamud Silanyo’s tour on Friday to the UAE comes shortly after the state took the stance on the GCC tug-of war which is formidably led by the Saudis hence sided by Arab countries against Qatar.