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Qatars isolation

The geopolitical turmoil in the gulf region is impacting the region and beyond. The cutting-off of ties with Qatar by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE and Egypt has come at the worse time for the entire middle east region. Qatar is being accused of supporting and funding terror by these nations.

In the past too similar allegations were made on Qatar. It was allegedly funding Hamas, a terrorist organization supported by Iran. It was also accused of supporting Al-Nusra front, an al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria.

What miffed the Saudis is Qatar s closeness to Iran and Muslim brotherhood, a political group run by Sunni Islamists, which was outlawed by UAE and Saudi Arabia. Also, Qatar s hosting of Afghan Taliban didn t go down well with these countries and USA.
Qatar has always maintained an equidistance from Saudi Arabia and Iran. For now, the country can wither the economic hardships with a kitty of $335 billion in foreign reserves. Also, the country is taking steps to allay fears of investors and citizens of those countries which have cut ties with it.

Impact on India
India is heavily dependent on Qatar for its natural gas needs. In fact, India sources 90% of its gas from Qatar. Though the Ministry of External Affairs is confident about its good relations with the gas-rich nation, India has already bore the brunt of the sanctions imposed with flights from Qatar to India via Iran, increasing the costs of flight travel.

Way forward
Qatar and the other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries should sit together and resolve the crisis as soon as possible or else Qatar will feel the pain of sanctions and the situation will allow organisations like IS (Islamic State) to wreak havoc in the region.

It is high time Qatar chooses a path to stick to with the other gulf nations or face isolation.

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