Average Outlook

Published October 18th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

While Qatar’s economic well-being remains relatively independent from its relations with Bahrain, the recent chill in what had been thawing relations will carry over into the business domain. For instance, planning for the construction of a bridge linking the two nations has already begun. Such a joint causeway, similar to the King Fahd Causeway connecting Bahrain to Saudi Arabia, could contribute meaningfully to augmenting bilateral exchanges. Initiatives such as this, however, will inevitably fail to progress while political tensions heat up. Both states now await the decisive International Court of Justice ruling. This consequential verdict could finally put an end to a bitter border dispute, which could just as easily erupt into a regional conflict. 

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