GCC Crisis

On Monday 5th June, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain announced they were cutting diplomatic ties with Qatar, and announced an air, sea, and land blockade.

This development marked a rapid and unexpected escalation in the campaign against Qatar. It followed a concerted campaign of misinformation and fabricated news, including the hacking of Qatar’s national news agency.

The accusations being made against Qatar are unjustified and baseless. Qatar has not, does not, and will never support terrorism in any form. We stand firm with our partners and the international community in the fight against terrorism.

The Government regrets the unprecedented steps currently being taken against Qatar. We continue to believe that any issues can and should be solved through dialogue and discussion.

Op-Eds and Letters to the Editor

GCO Statements and Press Releases

Factsheets on the crisis

20 April 2017

The first in a series of thirteen opinion pieces critical of Qatar appears in the American media. The articles include baseless accusations designed to smear Qatar’s reputation in the United States.

20 May 2017

His Highness the Amir attends the Riyadh Summit and commits to working with the United States and members of the GCC to combat extremist ideology and cut terrorist funding.

24 May 2017

The website of Qatar News Agency is hacked and a false statement about HH the Amir is published. The State of Qatar immediately launches an investigation. His Excellency the Foreign Minister confirms that “Qatar was subjected to a carefully orchestrated smear campaign”.

5 June 2017

Bahrain, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Egypt launch an illegal and unjustified blockade against Qatar.

19 June 2017

The citizens of blockading countries are forcibly recalled from Qatar, resulting in human rights violations. Families are divided, education interrupted and businesses forced to close. The blockaders’ unilateral measures are denounced by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

23 June 2017

The blockading countries release a baseless list of 13 demands to Qatar.

1 July 2017

Qatar rejects the blockading countries’ demands. The demands constitute an attack on Qatar’s sovereignty. Allegations of terrorism perpetuated by the blockading nations have no basis in fact.

11 July 2017

Qatar and the US sign an MoU on combatting terrorism and its financing:

  • The MoU reinforces the existing strategic framework on counter terrorism
  • The MoU builds on the long history of cooperation and partnership between the US and Qatar

20 July 2017

Qatar’s Ministry of Interior confirms they have evidence to prove the cyberattack on the country’s official media originated from the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

21 July 2017

His Highness the Amir addresses the nation, saying that Qatar and its people “rose spontaneously, defending the sovereignty and independence of the country.”

19 September 2017

His Highness the Amir speaks at the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly, condemning the “unjust blockade” and the violation of human rights conventions and agreements.

5 December 2017

His Highness the Amir attends the GCC Summit in Kuwait, expressing his hope that the GCC would continue working towards stability and security in the Gulf region. None of His Highness’ counterparts from the blockading countries were in attendance, and the two-day GCC Summit ends in Kuwait within hours of its start.

19 December 2017

Qatar Central Bank launches an investigation into attempts to harm the Qatari economy though the manipulation of its currencies, securities and derivatives markets.

10 January 2018

Qatar seeks international arbitration to end the blockade following a report by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) which documents violations by the blockading countries.

11 January 2018

Qatar informs the UN that Emirati fighter aircraft has violated its airspace, affirming the Qatari Emiri Air Force’s adherence to the highest standards of aviation safety and its firm position to ensure the safety of civilians. Four airspace violations are recorded between December 2017 and February 2018.

30 January 2018

The first Qatar-US Strategic Dialogue takes place. The two countries sign important agreements to further bilateral relations.

16 February 2018

His Highness the Amir speaks at the Munich Security Conference, calling for a regional governance framework and the peaceful arbitration of disputes in the Middle East.

17 March 2018

Qatar files a lawsuit in the United States against individuals who are conducting an illegal social media and internet campaign to spread false information and damage Qatar’s economy.

10 April 2018

His Highness the Amir meets with US President Donald Trump in Washington, DC, reaffirming the close partnership between the two countries in security and defence, as well as economic and political cooperation.

17 May 2018

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) board agreed on the necessity of the commitment of all parties to the highest standards of safety and security as well as emphasising the full cooperation between States that have signed the 1944 Chicago agreement.

23 May 2018

One year ago, Qatar News Agency was hacked and false statements were published. Less than two weeks later, the statements were used to justify an illegal blockade of Qatar.

5 June 2018

One year ago today, Bahrain, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Egypt launch an illegal and unjustified blockade against Qatar.

11 June 2018

The State of Qatar initiated proceedings against the UAE before the International Court of Justice for human rights violations against Qataris and residents of Qatar.

23 July 2018

The ICJ issued today an order granting the State of Qatar’s request for provisional measures against the United Arab Emirates in a case relating to the UAE’s unlawful discriminatory treatment of Qatari citizens.