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We are ready to boycott Qatar for 700 days

Arab countries that boycotted Qatar have reiterated their position and voiced their willingness to continue to boycott Doha, which supports terrorism and interferes in the affairs of other countries.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir clearly said on Tuesday: “There is no harm if Qatar crisis continues for two more years.” UAE’s minister of state for foreign affairs Anwar Gargash also confirmed this more than once.

Also read: Jubeir: There is no harm if Qatar crisis continues for two more years

Qatar must choose and either do what’s right and end its support of terrorism and funding of terrorists or let the boycott continues. It must realize that the inciting media campaigns against the Saudi kingdom, Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain will not benefit it for long.

Arab and foreign media figures who are affiliated with Qatar and funded by it and Al-Jazeera anchors will be thrilled for a while with the lies they propagate and which some people believe. However, this media is losing its credibility and its influence will come to an end soon, in less than the two years which Jubeir specified.

Qatari people no longer call the situation they are going through a “crisis” or a “blockade” but a “dark cloud” and they’re wondering when they will turn this page

Mohammed Al-Hammadi

Fake propaganda

The world has clearly seen that Qatar’s allegations that it’s besieged are fake propaganda and mere attempts to gain the global public opinion’s support and pressure the boycotting countries to end their boycott. There’s no blockade whatsoever and there’s nothing illegal about the crisis with Qatar.

As Jubeir stated on Tuesday: “What we said is that we will not deal with Doha and will not allow it to enter our airspace.” All countries have the right to make such decisions. Now that it’s been 90 days since severing ties with Qatar, it turns out this was the right decision as Qatar did not respond to the demands of the boycotting countries and either ignored these demands or mocked them.

Doha also hurled accusations against the four boycotting countries and did everything that prevents reaching a solution to this crisis. It refused to take any measures towards resolving the crisis. This is Qatar’s problem and not the problem of the boycotting countries.

Also read: Opposition conference will bring the voice of the Qatari citizen to the world

When Jubeir states that the crisis may last for two years, reasonable men in Qatar must pause for a while and contemplate this serious statement and analyze what does a boycott that lasts for 730 days mean. When a Qatari hears this, he is supposed to think about the political, security and economic repercussions and even about the psychological repercussions on the Qataris and residents in Qatar.

Qatari people no longer call the situation they are going through a “crisis” or a “blockade” but a “dark cloud” and they’re wondering when they will turn this page. The question to this lies with Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim.

The solution is to simply end the schemes of the Hamad bin Khalifa’s and Hamad bin Jassim’s regime and stop interfering in other countries’ affairs, particularly Arab and Gulf ones, and end support to terrorists.

This will not be achieved unless by exiling one of the Hamads and trying the other. This is how Qatar can go back to being a positive and efficient Arab Gulf state that exists and co-exists with its surroundings – as today it’s only among us in body while its heart is with our enemies!

This article is also available in Arabic.

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Mohammed Al-Hammadi is the Editor-in-Chief of Al Ittihad newspaper and Executive Director of editing and publishing at the Abu Dhabi Media Company. He founded and was Editor-in-Chief of the Arabic edition of National Geographic magazine, and has held numerous positions in journalism since joining Al Ittihad in 1994. Al-Hammadi has been a columnist for more than 15 years, including writing a daily column for seven years and producing a weekly political column in Al Ittihad since 2001. He has also worked as a parliamentary editor for seven years, covering the proceedings of the Federal National Council in the United Arab Emirates. In addition to being an active participant on social networks, Al-Hammadi has an interest in new media and is currently working on a project to ease the transition from traditional to digital and smart media. Al-Hammadi has received numerous awards and is a member of a number of organizations and federations. He features regularly in broadcast media as a regional political commentator and has authored several books including Time of Ordeal (2008), The UAE Democracy (2009) and The Fall of the Muslim Brotherhood (2016). Twitter: @MEalhammadi.

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Last Update: Thursday, 7 September 2017 KSA 13:57 - GMT 10:57
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