Bahrain FM: No resolution in sight for Qatar crisis, Qatar blocks goods from quartet

Qatar has issued a ban on all produce from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt (Shutterstock)
Updated 27 May 2018
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Bahrain FM: No resolution in sight for Qatar crisis, Qatar blocks goods from quartet

  • Bahrain FM says Qatar has made no effort to resolve the issues that first prompted the boycott
  • Qatar has now issued a ban on all products from UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt

DUBAI: Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa said his country sees “no resolution in sight” in the Gulf crisis between Qatar and the four boycotting countries, according to an interview with London-based Arabic international newspaper Alsharq Alawsat.

“The information in our hands today does not indicate any glimmer of hope for a solution now, as the matter does not happen suddenly," he said.

Bahrain's foreign minister said Qatar had prolonged the crisis by taking its case to Western allies, instead of dealing with it inside the Gulf Arab bloc.

“We were expecting from the beginning of the crisis with Qatar that the emir of Qatar would go to Saudi (Arabia) but this did not happen,” Al-Khalifa told the pan-Arab newspaper.

He spoke of Qatar’s lack of abiding by international laws in regards to terrorism.

“This state has put one of its citizens on the terrorism list, and after a few days they attend his son's wedding,” he said, referring to Abdulrahman Al-Nuaimi who was labeled a terrorist by the US government in December 2013, and the UN in September 2014, for providing financial support to terrorist organizations.

Meanwhile Qatar has announced that it will ban products originating from the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain.

“Products originating from the blockading states, which as a result of the blockade cannot pass the Gulf Cooperation Council Customs Territory, have to undergo proper import inspections and customs procedures,” a Qatari government statement said late on Saturday.

And Qatari national newspaper Al Watan quoted a circular from the Ministry of Economy and Commerce telling traders and shops to stop dealing in products imported from the four countries. It said inspectors would monitor compliance with the policy.

(With Reuters)


Iranian border guard killed in fight with armed group near Iraq

The commander did not identify the militant group. (AFP/File)
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Iranian border guard killed in fight with armed group near Iraq

  • Iranian forces were guarding the border against smuggling, illegal immigration and militant infiltration
  • Iran’s commander of border guards said the soldier was killed by an armed group

LONDON: An Iranian guard was killed in a fight with an armed group near the western border with Iraq, local media reported on Monday.
Iran’s armed forces have been stepping up their presence along its borders to prevent smuggling, illegal immigration and militant infiltration.
“Last night around 9 p.m., the border guards who were trying to stop armed smugglers entering the country had a fight with armed bandits,” Tasnim news agency quoted Kiumars Sheikhi, commander of the border guards in Kermanshah province as saying.
He said a member of the Baneh county border patrol had been killed in the fight.
Sheikhi said members of the armed group were planning a sabotage operation in Iran, but did not give details or say whether they were connected to militant groups.
In July, militants killed 10 Iranian Revolutionary Guards in an attack on a post on the Iraqi border, an area where armed opposition Kurdish groups are active.
Daesh militants have also entered Iran via the border with Iraq, which is left porous by poor coordination between Iranian and Iraqi security forces.
Attacks against police officers and border guards are also common along Iran’s border with Pakistan. A suicide bomber from a Sunni militant group killed 27 members of the elite Revolutionary Guards last month in a southeastern region which has seen a rise in attacks by Sunni militants based in Pakistan.
Border guards trying to defend against militant groups in the impoverished provinces have faced criticism for shooting at smugglers.