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Qatar says divisions within GCC have become ‘lose-lose’ situation for the region

Qatari spokesperson says the split among the Gulf states compromises the security of the region and that thousands of families are already paying a price.

The conflict between Qatar and its Gulf neighbors — Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain — has become a “lose-lose situation” and threatens the security of the region, said Lolwah R. M. Al-Khater, spokesperson for Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor in Washington, DC.

“This is definitely not a healthy situation and has many other consequences, including political consequences, for the entire region,” Al-Khater said, referring to the crisis that erupted in June 2017 when Saudi Arabia, the UAE and its allies, including Egypt, severed diplomatic relations with Qatar. She further stated, “It is going to compromise the security of the region in general.”

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