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Gulf Crisis Builds as U.A.E. Downplays Chance of Quick Fix

  • Qatar is in a state of ‘denial,’ U.A.E. minister says
  • Alliance seeks complete overhaul of Qatari foreign policy
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Implications From the Saudi Arabia-Qatar Rift

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The worst crisis in decades among the Gulf’s Arab monarchies intensified on Wednesday, with a Saudi-led alliance imposing more punitive sanctions against Qatar and a senior U.A.E. official playing down the chances of a quick diplomatic resolution.

The United Arab Emirates said it would no longer grant visas on arrival for foreigners living in Qatar, while Qatari nationals were barred from transiting through the country. Both decisions were relayed through state-run media. U.A.E. residents who express support or sympathy for Qatar on social media could face a jail term of up to 15 years, the public prosecutor said.