Qatar now reaps what it has sewn.... Doha and the complex of the small state

From Washington, Khalid Al taref

Today, Qatar is reaping what it had planted from the seeds of supporting terrorism, creating tension in the region, and its false perception that it has a diplomatic and international size greater than its geographical area.


The New York Times reported in this context a report by the program director for the Middle East and North Africa, Joost Hiltermann, translated by the Riyadh Post, in which the political analyst confirmed that Qatar is paying a high price today for its continued policy of antagonizing its neighbors, especially Saudi Arabia and the UAE.


This comes after Qatar has used billions of dollars from its huge gas reserves to expand its diplomatic role that is not in line with its true size, according to the report.


Hilterman added that the Qatari Foreign Ministry has tried over the past years to seek a greater diplomatic and international role by mediating on more than one issue and file. After 2006, Doha hosted the reconciliation negotiations between the Palestinian factions (Fatah and Hamas), as well as several rounds of negotiations between the Yemeni government and the Huthi rebels from 2003 to 2009, not to mention mediating in the endless internal wars in Sudan.


The program director of the Middle East and North Africa says that a week a week could not have passed without holding a series of meetings in one of Doha hotels, publicly or privately, combining the opponents of Palestine, Afghanistan or Lebanon, who were happy to have the opportunity to rest and relax away from the battlefield, even if they had made little progress in negotiating peace.


But the situation has changed now, according to Hiltermann, where Saudi Arabia can no longer tolerate Qatar's arrogant behavior, which threatens the stability of the region through pursuing a dollar-driven foreign policy, intervening in its neighbors' affairs, and supporting terrorist organizations.


In a reference to reaching the point of no return to Qatar's continued targeting of Gulf and Arab security, Saudi Arabia and its allies, both inside and outside the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), decided to cut diplomatic relations with Doha on June 5 and close all land, sea and air borders.


What gives the Saudis and Emiratis today an opportunity to put an end to Qatar's continued foreign policy is Donald Trump, the new friend in the White House, who shares Riyadh and Abu Dhabi concerns about Qatar's support for extremist and terrorist groups and his efforts to rein in Iranian influence in the region.

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