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Tillerson Cancels Mexico Trip to Focus on Resolving Qatar Crisis

17 June 2017

Qatar on Thursday said that preparations for the 2022 World Cup were unhindered, having secured alternative supplies of construction materials to those that had been coming by land from Saudi Arabia.

Al Jazeera, with its independent coverage, has been unpalatable to the Gulf monarchies for some time now.

At the same time, Turkey is eager to maintain workable relations with Iran, Saudi Arabia's foe.

In his speech in Saudi Arabia, Trump said "Qatar, which hosts the U.S. Central Command, is a crucial strategic partner", trying to keep an intentional policy balance. Specifically, who decides when the United States should put its own interests at risk in pursuit of even the most legitimate policy goals? Yet, contradictory signals from Washington are making the efforts at stabilizing the situation still more hard.

Trump has got little evidence on show to attest the aptitude of alliance with Saudi Arabia, at a time when remonstrations are rising in the capitals of worldwide decision-making, demanding a halt to Saudi Arabia's extremist ideology from sweeping into the Western societies and jeopardizing their domestic security and peace. It hosts a number of American university campuses and a vast US military base that is critical to counterterrorism operations in Iraq and Syria.

The Pentagon insisted that the conflict had "no impact" on their operations from the airbase. So why did Washington just finalize a $12 billion arms deal that could give Qatar some of the most powerful military fighter jets on the planet?

Cavusoglu told reporters in Kuwait one day after an official visit to Qatar's capital, Doha, that Turkey preferred that the crisis be resolved through dialogue with all parties coming together, and that Turkey was ready to do its part as a mediator.

Earlier Tuesday, Defense Secretary James Mattis said the diplomatic crisis centered on Qatar and this indicated Russia's continuing efforts to destabilize the world and the West. The contradictory statement prompted the Pentagon to quickly issue a clarification.

America's largest air base in the Middle East, Al-Udeid, is in Qatar.

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Trump, however, has been taking a more enthusiastic, anti-Doha tone.

Erdogan said he had made the same offer to Saudi Arabia's King Salman Abdelaziz.

Last week, nine countries cut diplomatic ties with Qatar because they believe it is funding terrorism that's destabilizing the region.

"The nation of Qatar, unfortunately, has historically been a funder of terrorism at a very high level", Trump said on June 9 in the Rose Garden.

How can Qatar end the crisis?

Riyadh, the UAE, Egypt and others severed diplomatic and economic ties with Qatar nearly two weeks ago, accusing Doha of supporting groups, including some backed by Iran, "that aim to destabilise the region".

"She has lost four years of study", he said.

Rashid Husain Syed is an energy analyst and consultant based in Riyadh and Toronto.