Qatar and the Gulf states have dismantled their relations, and the dispute seems to have its final chance of resolution – a mutual compromise. Qatar has shown mettle with the willingness to compromise with the Gulf countries and accept ‘reasonable’ demands, which is certainly a ray of hope for the great Gulf rift.
As we know, Saudi-led bloc had issued 13 demands to the tiny state of Qatar, a home to 31 million citizens, but the demands were abruptly rejected by Qatari administration as they were ‘unreasonable’ and accepting them would impinge on Qatar’s sovereignty. The oil-rich state may be reluctant about carrying out the demands which include the closure of its international media company Al Jazeera or removal of Turkish troops, but it has shown some strength on Tuesday with the readiness to compromise with the Gulf countries with some reasonable demands.
Meanwhile, the Saudi-led Gulf nations – Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Bahrain are due to meet today to decide on whether they would continue the sanctions they have imposed on Qatar or lift the blockade for a new start. Today’s meeting will decide the fate of Gulf frontier and the fate of Qatar. On the other hand, Qatar is also trying to display its prowess when Qatar petroleum announced a rising the production capacity of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) by 30%.
While Qatar has shown glimpse of goodwill towards solving the Gulf Crisis, it is now up to the Gulf nations and this dispute can only be solved by mutual compromise. If the 13 demands are mitigated and the Qatari nation too shows legitimate support and willingness to fulfil ‘reasonable’ demands for real, the Gulf crisis can be resolved. Whether the GCC will be same again or not, is a very different story, but perhaps there is no dispute that cannot be solved unless you are actually not willing to; and this may be the final chance to solve the Qatar crisis.