Gulf crisis harms regional stability: Qatari emir

DOHA (AA) – Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani said Tuesday that deterioration in Gulf ties was hindering efforts to resolve regional problems.

“The deteriorating Gulf relations are weakening our ability to solve regional problems,” he said in a speech to the country’s Shura Council.

“The security and stability of the Gulf and Arab countries will not be achieved by prejudicing their sovereignty,” he added.

Sheikh Tamim said the Gulf crisis has exposed “the failure of the umbrella Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to achieve its goals and meet the aspirations of our people”.

A six-nation bloc of oil-rich Arab Gulf states, the GCC is composed of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Oman, Bahrain and Qatar

In June of last year, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain collectively severed ties with Doha, accusing it of supporting terrorism.

The Saudi-led axis also imposed an air/land/sea embargo on Qatar, which continues to vociferously deny the terror allegations.