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Saudi Arabia’s answer to Qatar crisis is only making things worse

Corker said members of the Gulf council, in the wake of a summit in Saudi Arabia last month with Trump, “chose to devolve into conflict” instead of seeking to ease regional tension and expand their security cooperation.”For these reasons, before we provide any further clearances during the informal review period of sales of lethal military equipment to the GCC states, we need a better understanding of the path to resolve the current dispute and reunify the GCC”.On June 5, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Yemen, Libya’s transitional government, the Republic of Maldives and the Republic of Mauritius severed diplomatic ties with Doha in retaliation for what they described as Qatar’s support for terrorism and extremism, its hostile policy and intervention in the affairs of Arab states.The National Human Rights Committee expressed its confidence that all governmental bodies and institutions in Qatar, led by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education and Qatar University, will quickly find alternative solutions for these students and exempt them from certain conditions and restrictions in order to preserve their rights and future. Between 2012 to 2015, the United States sold $300m worth of arms to Bahrain, $900m to Oman, $4.2bn to UAE, $4.4bn to Kuwait, $9.9bn to Qatar and $17bn to Saudi Arabia.”Qatar has begun its careful review and consideration of a series of requests presented by Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and UAE”, he said.He then pointed to the recent crisis in Qatar’s ties several other Arab states and said, “The siege of Qatar is not acceptable to us”.”Some of the elements” in the demands “will be very hard for Qatar to meet”, Tillerson said last weekend.Both Iran and Turkey have slammed a list of demands issued by four Arab states to resolve a diplomatic and economic crisis with Qatar as “disrespectful” and “unacceptable”.Tillerson also said Qatar will find it “very difficult” to comply with some demands made by the Saudi-led bloc, though he said they can be a basis for talks.According to him, a productive next step would be for each of the countries to sit together and continue this conversation.Congress has never voted in favor of stopping a foreign military sale that’s been formally notified – the latest attempt was a close 47-53 vote that failed to block a $500 million sale to Saudi Arabia – but the committee leaders have been able to play a role in stopping or delaying arms sales.The move threatens to close off a major market for the U.S. defense industry and throw off U.S. President Donald Trump’s marquee accomplishment during his Riyadh trip of a $110 billion U.S. -Saudi arms deal.Qatar’s recent purchase of $15bn worth of F-15 fighter jets could also be affected, Bays said. They have sent it 13 demands including closing al Jazeera television, curbing relations with Iran, and paying reparations. “Each country involved has something to contribute to that effort”.