In the wake of the diplomatic crisis in the Gulf region, international media has been keenly covering the happenings here. After Turkey refused to pull out its troops from Qatar in response to a call from Saudi Arabia and also pointed out that the request was clear interference, it appeared that a stand- off between the Qatar supporters and the countries that had cut all diplomatic ties with it will widen. The situation appears to have been defused for the moment now.
The deadline extended
Following up on the dismantling of all diplomatic ties with Qatar, several Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia and Egypt had outlined a list of conditions that the oil- rich country would have to meet. Fulfilling this demand would prompt the reinstatement of ties with the Gulf country. Turkey had been asked to officially distance itself from Qatar until the conditions had been met but the Turkish premier refused. Given the situation, it seemed imminent that a serious issue could crop up here. However, Qatar's Emir had stepped in to resolve the issue and as part of these efforts, he had asked for an extension of the deadline to respond to the list of demands. This request has been accepted for now, thus defusing a potentially worrisome situation.
The countries that had cut off ties with Qatar had put forth 13 points in the list of demands. This was presented on June 22nd and Qatar was given 10 days time to respond to the list. While the Emir's request has been accepted, Qatar still does not have a lot of leeway to come up with a convincing response. The revised deadline comes to a close latest by Wednesday. Once the response is received, it will be studied by the other countries and then a decision will be taken on the restoration of ties with Qatar.
President Trump underlines the need to stop terrorism
President Trump has also been in conversation with the Emir of Qatar as well as the Abu Dhabi crown prince. In the conversation, he is believed to have stressed upon the importance of closing down all forms of support to terrorism and highlighted the urgent need to fight terrorism on war- footing. Qatar has been accused of having close links to Iran, which is seen as a stronghold for terrorism. However, it continues to be an ally of the U.S. with a significant portion of U.S. troops stationed here in the Gulf country.