August 28, 2018 By The Editor
Obviously, being the richest country of the planet per capita, raises envy and brings enemies, but Doha didn’t think it could lead to such a vicious attack.
Qatar isolation attempt history roots in the Saudi Arabia, UAE attack against Qatar.
Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic ties with Qatar on June 5, 2017 and imposed a land, sea and air embargo, accusing it of supporting “terrorism”.
Bahraini-Qatari relations, meanwhile, have never been good. The two countries clashed over disputed islands in 1986.
Today, Bahrain’s Sunni rulers despise Qatar’s friendly ties with Iran, accusing the Islamic Republic of fomenting unrest among Bahrain’s majority-Shia population.
Doha has repeatedly denied the allegation.
Indeed, previous attempts to isolate more vulnerable Arab states have all eventually fizzled. After Iran captured Iraqi territory in 1986, the same alliance denouncing Qatar today pressured Syria to downgrade ties with Iran. Saudi Arabia used a package of carrots and sticks, including offering to replace Iran as Syria’s chief supplier of oil. But even though Syria was suffering a severe balance-of-payments deficit, several years of drought, and reduced foreign aid, it rebuffed the Saudi coalition.
A so aggressive Qatar isolation attempt was unpredictable.
On June 22, 2017, the quartet issued a 13-point list of demands, including the shutdown of Qatar-based media network Al Jazeera, limiting ties with Iran and expelling Turkish troops stationed in the country as a prerequisite to lifting the blockade.
Qatar rejected all the demands, denouncing them as attempts to infringe its sovereignty.
The blockade attempt to Qatar isolation by GCC countries reported as ‘futile’.
In comments to major security conference, Sheikh Tamim denounces ‘aggressive’ blockade imposed by four Arab countries.
The ongoing blockade of Qatar by a Saudi-led group of countries is “futile”, the Qatari emir has said, warning that the months-long crisis is undermining the region’s security and economic outlook.
“It is vital to the interests of the people of the Middle East to guarantee the sovereignty of states like Qatar,” Sheilkh Tamim said in his Munich Security Conference address.
“Preserving the sovereignty and the independent decision making of countries like Qatar ensures accelerated development – development like free media and free speech, that the blockading countries insist we surrender.”
Despite the measures against it, Qatar has developed new international trade routes and accelerated economic diversity, Sheikh Tamim added.
Source: Al Jazeera
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