In early June, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates broke off relations with Doha and suspended all land, air and sea traffic with the monarchy. In their apparent bid to secure US support and that of Israel, the four countries cited Qatar’s links with Hamas and accused it of supporting terrorism.
He noted that the list would include sanctions aimed at Qatari banks.
The Emirati ambassador noted that the al-Udeid air base (seen below) was probably the reason why the US was not taking any action towards Qatar.
“The air base is a very nice insurance policy against any additional pressure,” he said.
Otaiba noted that the base could be relocated to the UAE as the required infrastructure is in place following a deal recently signed between the two countries.
He also said that he did not believe that the situation would escalate to a military conflict, even Doha refuses to given to demands being made on it.
Although there will be an increase of “economic pressure” unless Qatar alters its course, he concluded.