Arab ministers gather in Cairo to weigh new curbs
DUBAI / CAIRO — Four Arab foreign ministers gathered in Cairo to weigh possible further sanctions against Qatar on Wednesday in a dispute that has aroused deep concern among Western allies of the region’s ruling dynasties, key partners in energy and defense.
Regional newspapers with links to their governments suggested the foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain might be ill-inclined to accept Qatar’s response to a list of 13 demands when they met in the Egyptian capital.
The Abu Dhabi governmentlinked Al-Ittihad newspaper said that Qatar, with a population of 2 million compared to Saudi Arabia’s 31 million, was “walking alone in its dreams and illusions, far away from its Gulf Arab brothers”.
The four Arab states broke off diplomatic and transport ties with Qatar on June 5, accusing Doha of aiding terrorism and courting Iran — a regional rival of the Gulf states which shares interest in a gas field with Doha.
Qatar, whose international diplomatic and commercial profile has risen in 20 years,