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Thursday, 6 July 2017

Qatar was front row and center

The Qatari saga was front row and center on the airwaves last night.

Qatar’s response to the Arab nations’ demands was “passive and devoid of content,” showing no indication the country is willing to concede, Foreign Affairs Minister Sameh Shoukry told Amr Adib on last night’s Kol Youm. Shoukry stressed that the Arab states are not willing to compromise on their demands (watch, runtime: 20:27).

People were expecting a more action-driven response from Qatar, Emirati political analyst Jassim Khalfan told Masaa DMC’s Osama Kamal. The four Arab states’ comeback, however, was “wise” and shows that they have the best interests of the Qatari people at heart, as made evident by the fact that there was no escalation yesterday, he added (watch, runtime: 5:07).

Kuwait is now stuck between a rock and a hard place and might find itself having to retreat from its mediatory role to join the Qatari ban, Emirati political science professor Abdul Khaleq Abdullah told Dina Zahra, who is filling in for Lamees Al Hadidi on CBC’s Hona Al Asema (watch, runtime: 11:04).

On Yahduth fi Misr, political analyst Mostafa El Fekki told host Sherif Amer that he expects the crisis to ease soon before any escalatory measures are taken.

Amer then moved on to talk to Electricity Ministry spokesperson Ayman Hamza about the new prices that will be announced today. Hamza also told Amer that the government has a five-year plan to convert all electricity meters to prepaid ones.

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