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>> Is the writing on the wall for Doha's relations with its Gulf neighbors. Qatari citizens are leaving messages of support on this graffiti of Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.>>
> He was meeting with his UAE counterpart who said the four Gulf nations were still waiting for a response from Doha to their demands. I don't want to predict the future about what the steps might be, but I want to ensure that any steps of escalation that would be taken in a case of Qatar's noncompliance, will be within the framework of international law.
>> But far from easing the dispute with Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain shows no signs of abating. Qatar announcing Tuesday that it plans to increase liquefied natural gas production by a substantial 30%. It's an apparent show of strength and could signal Qatar's preparations for greater economic independence.
The increased production would come from the world's largest natural gas field, the North Field, which Qatar shares with Iran. But curbing diplomatic ties with Tehran is just one of the 13 demands being made on Doha. The Gulf states also imposing sanctions and accusing Qatar of supporting terrorism. Germany's foreign ministers Sigmar Gabriel on whistle stop tour the Gulf region, said that diplomatic standoff could turn out to be an opportunity for the entire region to cooperate in fighting terrorist financing.
The four nation block is meeting in Kuwait on Wednesday to discuss Qatar response to its demands. Doha has said it is interested in negotiating a fair and just solution but that the ultimatum appears to have been, quote, made to be rejected. And with some analysts arguing the sanctions could push Doha closer to Tehran, at least in terms of hydrocarbon production, it's unlikely this dispute will run out of gas any time soon.