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Interpreting the Gulf Diplomacy Crisis

In an interview with Chinese TV station Phoenix News, Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) Senior Programme Advisor Mr Marc Finaud examined the split between Qatar and its neighbors.

After Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and other Arab Gulf states cut or downgraded diplomatic ties with Qatar on 5 June, Mr Finaud explained to Phoenix TV that these tensions were present before, but brought to the surface by United States President Donald Trump's recent visit.

"The most decisive factor, I would say, was the growing crisis between the Sunni Arab countries and Iran, which was, in a sense, exacerbated by Donald Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia, which seemed to give a sort of green light for this anti-Iranian coalition," Mr Finaud said.


>> Watch the interview here (in Chinese and English)