Qatar withstands embargo: sees it an opportunity to fill the void.
Embargo: A government order prohibiting any commerce/ business.
The Gulf countries such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates imposed an economic blockade on Qatar in 2014 and again in early 2017 on the grounds that it supported certain prominent religious dissidents. Despite international mediation attempts, Qatar understands that the sanctions may continue for years.
Blockade: Isolating or closing off a place for movement or business or commerce.
Dissent (Dissident): To differ in opinion especially from the majority.
Mediate (mediation): To settle disputes as an intermediary between parties.
Sanction: A penalty (same as a blockade and an embargo)
These confrontations have forced Qatar’s government to draw lessons and prepare for any future showdown. It has advertised the issue as an existential issue and defined the sanctions as a Saudi attempt to challenge the country’s sovereignty.
Confront (Confrontation): to face somebody with hostility and opposition
Showdown: To confront someone.
Existential: Related to existence.
Sovereignty: The independence of a state.
It has started investing greatly to reduce its reliance on other Gulf countries. The country has made its own port operational to handle sanctions on transportation of cargo via Dubai. The sanctions also led to the disappearance of Saudi dairy products. Consequently, Qatar is also investing hugely in its own dairy industry.
Rely (reliance): To depend on someone.
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