The Saudi Blockade of Qatar - can anyone explain what is going on?

Food supplies are being procured from other than the B4 countries, but on a commercial basis. There is certainly no suggestion of food etc being provided as Charity or by "Red Cross" etc. The cost of some food has certainly risen slightly and some brands that we can normally get are not available. But these are being replaced by other branded items from elsewhere. For the first time here I even saw Cravendale Milk (although at a premium price :) )
 
Qatar builds dairy industry in desert as it defies Arab boycott
Qatar looking to go self sufficient on dairy products by June next year. Amazing what money can buy. A big cow shed, some fans, water misting:
“We will make Qatar self-sufficient by June - that is the target,” Dore said.

He conceded that raising and milking cows in temperatures nearing 50 degrees Celsius (120 Fahrenheit) in summer posed special challenges.

But technology and the deep pockets of Baladna’s Qatari owners were compensating for the harsh environment, said Dore, an Irishman who previously worked for Saudi Arabian dairy giant Almarai.

Hundreds of cows were already hooked up to the automatic milking machines at Baladna’s farm in Umm al Hawaya, about 50 km (30 miles) north of Doha, and producing milk good enough to export, he said. More than 6,000 more cows from the United States are due to arrive by February
The market opened up after the boycott, but the actual financial cost and viability remains to be seen:
The firm, which raises sheep, was considering moving into milk production before the boycott, but knew it would find it hard to compete on price with imports from Almarai, he said.

The boycott removed that competition and in the initial weeks of the diplomatic crisis, the company flew in the first 3,400 cows on state-owned airline Qatar Airways.

“We were milking cows here on the 11th of July, which is barely a month after the blockade, and that by any method or means is some achievement,” Dore said.

Baladna is planning two more sea shipments from the United States - each holding 3,300 animals - by February. Another consignment of 3,000 cows has been planned, but not yet ordered.

By June, it says it is expecting to raise production of fresh milk and yoghurt to 500 tonnes a day, enough to meet domestic demand with 100 tonnes left over for export.
 
The visit to Washington of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has highlighted the diplomatic crisis over the Qatar issue. Crown Prince charm offensive: 4 reasons Saudi Arabia's reformist royal is courting Trump

The Qatar diplomatic crisis that has splintered the Gulf Co-operation Council, which brings together six monarchs of the Gulf, represents a major dilemma for the U.S., says Ottaway.
Qatar is very important to the US, providing major bases which support US wars in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan.
But Ottaway notes that the isolation of Qatar disturbs relations among close allies of the U.S. in Gulf. It's also problematic for the U.S. because the Qatari capital, Doha, hosts a headquarters of the U.S. Central Command at the Al Udeid Air Base.

It's a vital "strategic centre" for the U.S. military in the region, having been a staging ground for airstrikes in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.

"Our whole defence strategy for the Gulf has long depended on collective defence by the GCC countries. There's no way you can have an anti-missile defence system to protect those Arab Gulf countries from Iran, if you have a fragmented alliance."
Rex Tillerson was seen as being pro-Qatar.
That has also been complicated by the firing last week of Trump's former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who Ottaway says was viewed as "more pro-Qatari."

"We certainly would encourage the parties to sit down together and address these differences," Tillerson said last June in Sydney.
The position on this issue of his replacement, Mike Pompeo is unclear at this time.
Although Ottaway noted that Tillerson's replacement, Mike Pompeo, is a fierce critic of Iran, "we haven't really heard yet what he has to say about Qatar," he said.
 
In the photo within that LINK, the expression on Trump's face really does say everything you/we need to know!! :) .

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