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The footsteps of a war in the Middle East?

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In a dramatic move this week, eight countries under the leadership of Saudi Arabia cut their diplomatic and commercial ties with Qatar.

While Kuwait has pursued mediation efforts and conveyed Saudi demands to Doha, U.S. President Donald Trump also invited the leaders of Saudi Arabia and Qatar to the White House to settle the dispute.

Given its geographical location as a tiny kingdom on a peninsula adjacent to Saudi Arabia in the Gulf, the cutting of its lifelines through a triple land, naval and air blockade threatens all manner of trade and travel to Qatar. Since Qatar is one of the world’s biggest exporter of natural gas, the blockade endangers the shipment of LNG to world markets. But Doha faces a more serious issue regarding food supplies. With grain stocks that will run out in just four weeks, Qatar has had to reach out to Turkey and Iran to address food and water shortages.

Qatar has been a key ally of Turkey, both economically and strategically. Qatar’s investments in Turkey total about $18 billion. In the first quarter of 2017........

© Hürriyet Daily News