The Qatar quarrel versus the Arab NATO?

August 14, 2018 By The Editor

The Qatar quarrel versus the Arab NATO?

Resolving the Qatar quarrel could help NATO to enlarge the alliance in the to Arab countries.

The Qatar quarrel is a 13-month-old rift pitting Saudi Arabia and the UAE against Qatar, home to the largest US airbase in the region.

At the same time, as Trump pursues his America First policy, tension with Iran has increased.

Recently, Iran dismissed a warning from Trump that it risked dire consequences if it made threats against the US:

“the likes of which few throughout history have suffered before”.

The tensions started since Trump announced in May 2018 that the US was pulling out of the Obama’s 2015 international deal to limit Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.

The White House is nevertheless eager to have US allies worldwide.

One of the plans the States are pursuing is trying to enlarge the NATO peacekeeping initiative in the region.

In fact one of the missions in the US plans is to enlarge the number of countries carrying the burden in confronting regional security threats.

UAE minister Anwar Gargash said he believes UAE can no longer rely on Western allies such as the US and Britain, so the UAE is ready to deploy more troops across the Middle East to counter its foes.

The US and Gulf countries have discussed for years without result, about setting up a regional anti-missile defence shield. This shield would be a goal for the alliance, a source familiar with the plan said, as well as training to upgrade the countries’ militaries.

The Qatar quarrel versus the Arab NATO

The Qatar quarrel versus the Arab NATO ?

The US administration is quite concerned the quarrel opposing Saudi Arabia, UAE against Qatar, could be an obstacle to any NATO alliance between those countries.

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The NSC spokesperson denied the rift was a hurdle. An Arab official said Riyadh and Abu Dhabi had assured Washington the rift would not pose a problem to the alliance.

Unfortunately, it seems uncanny the countries can pursue such an alliance while continuing excluding Qatar.

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Source: Al Jazeera

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