Free arab friends
Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Libya, and several other Sunni-led Arab nations have severed diplomatic relations, cut off transport routes, and suspended other ties with Qatar, accusing it of getting too close to Iran and funding "extremist" groups.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has good relations with Qatar and both countries have backed the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt as well as rebels fighting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Erdogan has urged other Arab countries not to isolate the small Gulf nation, saying it will not resolve any problems, and has offered to mediate the dispute. Turkey's parliament accelerated approval of legislation allowing Turkish troops to be deployed to Ankara's military base in Qatar and increasing military training and cooperation.
Meanwhile, Turkey's main exporters group said it was ready to meet food and water needs in Qatar, while a Qatari official said Doha was in talks with Iran and Turkey to ensure trade disruptions do not create shortages of food.
Any Westerner who would like the benefits of a “real” Arab friend needs to realize the friendship has more intensity and involves a system of balancing favors against obligations.
In general, it can be said that the maintenance of friendships takes priorities over most other needs of life.
In the post-9/11 world, companies have been jittery about investing in the 22 countries that constitute the Arab League.
Political turmoil and misconceptions of a closed society where people are taught to hate Western products and culture have led many to conclude that the region is unstable, chaotic, and closed for business.
Friends will welcome each other's company and exhibit loyalty towards each other. Before an Arab enters into a friendship, he must find out all about a person to see how much influence one has and if the person might embarrass him.
But several of the pillars present opportunities for foreign businesses and organizations: The hajj, or pilgrimage, draws more than 1.5 million visitors to Saudi Arabia annually; most retailers in the Arab world sell as much during the month of Ramadan as they do the rest of the year; and the annual philanthropic donation required of all Muslims, The low-profile Arla Foods, Scandinavia’s largest manufacturer of dairy products, had become a major player in the Arab world by 2005.
The Dano-Swedish cooperative’s brands, such as Lurpak, Puck, and the eponymous Arla, dominated the Middle East’s markets for butter, cheese, and cream, and its sales in the region reached a record 0 million that year. On September 30, 2005, a Danish newspaper, published an article titled “The Face of Muhammad” along with a dozen cartoons that depicted Islam’s prophet unflatteringly.
Worries about food supplies had arisen when Saudi Arabia stopped food delivery trucks at its land border with Qatar on June 7.
It is co-operative and supportive behavior between two or more people.
Friends sympathies with their friends and they comfort each other.