Arabian jaw-jaw. Gregory Copley, Defense & Foreign Affairs.

Jun 15, 2017, 04:01 AM

06-14-2017 (Photo:The Arabian delegation to the Paris Peace Conference in early 1919 included Emir Feisal Hussein ) Twitter: @BatchelorShow

Arabian jaw-jaw. Gregory Copley, Defense & Foreign Affairs.

"...Normally, thousands of passengers and hundreds of trucks from Saudi Arabia pass through the crossing each day, bringing fruit and vegetables, as well as construction materials for projects that include stadiums for the 2022 World Cup.

Qatar is the world's richest country per capita, with just 2.7 million residents and income from the world's biggest exports of liquefied natural gas. Nearly 90 percent of its population are foreign guest workers, mostly from South Asia or poorer countries in the Middle East.

It imported most of its food from its bigger Gulf neighbors before they imposed the economic and diplomatic boycott, forcing Qatar to seek other routes for imports.

Qatar's financial markets stabilized on Monday after a week of losses as the government showed it had ways to keep the economy running in the face of sanctions by other Gulf states.

At the land border, dozens of truck drivers had been stranded on the Qatari side. One Sri Lankan driver asked Qatari border guards if he could drive into Saudi Arabia if he agreed to leave his cargo, a tanker full of helium, behind in Qatar...."