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Mediating the Qatari crisis

Several mediation efforts have been initiated to end the Qatar crisis. The Turkish President Erdogan has been clear in taking the Qatari side from the beginning. This may weaken his credibility in the mediations because he openly said that Qatar is oppressed and cannot be held accountable.

Would that mean that Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt, along with Jordan, Mauritania and some other countries, all have no proof against Qatar?

However, according to the Anadolu agency, the Turkish Foreign Minister Mouloud Jawish Oglu said after his visit to Doha that the “crisis must be overcome through dialogue and peace and Turkey is willing to help.”

I wish all the success for the Turkish efforts but I think Turkey will not be more trustworthy, considerate or interrelated compared to Kuwait – the founding state of the Gulf system – whose efforts have not succeeded until now, despite the great respect among Gulf leaders of the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad.

This is not due to the “intransigence” of Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, and the rest of the Arab and African countries, but rather it is because no one has tackled the essence of the problem yet. As Kuwait’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid said, the problem is not just a matter of “concerns” that Qatar should be ready to understand!

Turkey’s Erdogan is not the only one who wants to underestimate the problem; even European countries are doing so under the pretext of uniting the efforts to fight terrorism

Mashari Althayidi

Tangible proof

Indeed, it is not a matter of concerns but rather tangible proof and a long history that has not been revealed yet; it is not even a matter of reassuring but rather urging Doha to stop these policies, efforts, information, and troubles.

As the UAE ambassador in Washington, Yousef al-Otaiba, told al-Ittihad newspaper: “What should Qatar do? First, it must recognize what the world already knows: Doha has become a financial, media and ideological source of extremism. Then Qatar must take decisive action to solve the problem of extremism for good.”

Turkey’s Erdogan is not the only one who wants to underestimate the problem; even European countries are doing so under the pretext of uniting the efforts to fight terrorism. They are acting as if the Saudi, Emirati, Egyptian, Bahraini and Yemeni speeches disagreed with Doha for some other reasons.

We all want what is good for the Qataris and Qatar. At the end they are part of the Gulf region. However, the “statement of account” of Qatar’s policies for 20 years is what led us here today.

Do mediators have the ability to “understand” the reasons of this anger? Do they really understand the seriousness of the political chaos and the activities encouraging strife?

If they do, it won’t be difficult for them to urge Doha to adopt an upright approach; it will be better for them, their neighbors and the whole world.

This article is also available in Arabic.
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Saudi journalist Mashari Althaydi presents Al Arabiya News Channel’s “views on the news” daily show “Maraya.” He has previously held the position of a managing senior editor for Saudi Arabia & Gulf region at pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat. Althaydi has published several papers on political Islam and social history of Saudi Arabia. He appears as a guest on several radio and television programs to discuss the ideologies of extremist groups and terrorists. He tweets under @MAlthaydy.

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Last Update: Friday, 16 June 2017 KSA 10:21 - GMT 07:21
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