The United Arab Emirates’ ambassador to the United States said there was no military aspect to steps taken by Arab powers against Qatar but further economic pressure could be applied. Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, and Egypt cut ties with Qatar and imposed stringent economic sanctions on Doha for allegedly supporting “extremism”. Qatar vehemently denies their accusations. Mixed messages from the United States, an ally to all parties in the crisis, also has appeared to complicate diplomacy in a crisis that has reverberated across the Middle East and beyond. “There is absolutely no military component to anything that we are doing,” UAE Ambassador Yousef al-Otaiba told reporters in Washington on Tuesday. He said he has been in contact several times with US defence chief Jim Mattis … Next »
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