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Qatar’s characteristic obstinacy and Iran’s ‘honor’

Qatar’s delegate to the Arab League, Sultan bin Saad al-Muraikhi, recently spoke with such strange insolence about Iran’s honor.

Meanwhile, efforts by the American Congress are underway to impose more sanctions on Iran because of its support of terrorism.

As Muraikhi defended Iran’s political honor, Hassan Nasrallah, his guide Khomeini and his friend Bashar Al Assad proudly announced victory. Victory against whom? Against the Syrian people, Arabs and mainly Saudi Arabia and Gulf countries, or most Gulf countries, if not all of them!

As he spoke about Qatar’s greatness and how no one can harm it and as he directly addressed Saudi envoy Ahmad Qattan and said that Saudi Arabia is no match to Qatar, the Iranian Khomeinite claw in Yemen - the Houthis - resumed their coup and isolated Saleh’s allies with whom they were till yesterday hand in glove and prepared missiles to target Saudi cities with.  

US  moves against Tehran 

And while Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim and his defense minister Khaled al-Attiyah visited the American military base and spoke about coordinating efforts to combat terrorism, Nathan Sales, a coordinator for counterterrorism, said during a hearing of a Congress subcommittee that “Iran remains the world’s leading state” through the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force and Lebanon’s Hezbollah. There are 13 draft laws before the Congress against Iran due to its increasing support of terrorism.

The Qatari rhetoric and its unjustified arrogance and insolence as represented by their delegate Muraikhi is Qatar’s actual problem. Commenting on this Qatari moral and political decline as seen at the recent Arab League meeting, Saudi minister Thamer al-Sabhan asked: “Which honor are they speaking about?”

Mashari al-Thayidi



Sultan al-Muraikhi described Iran as honorable and voiced anger that Gulf countries forced Qatar to withdraw its envoy from Tehran when terrorist Iranian groups stormed and burnt the Saudi embassy in Tehran in January 2016, after Saudi Arabia executed a group of Sunni and Shiite terrorists that include Nimr al-Nimr, the leader of Awamiyah gangs. 

Chronic Qatari disease 

This scene sums up the chronic Qatari disease of playing smart and being stubborn and launching media campaigns while contradicting obvious facts.

Qattan was right when he described the Qatari delegate’s statements about Iran as a “joke.” It truly is a joke – more of a joke that evokes tears!

The Qatari rhetoric and its unjustified arrogance and insolence as represented by their delegate Muraikhi is Qatar’s actual problem.

Commenting on this Qatari moral and political decline as seen at the recent Arab League meeting, Saudi minister Thamer al-Sabhan asked: “Which honor are they speaking about?”

This Qatari scene is displeasing; however, in the end, the chains will be broken and the truth will emerge victorious.

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: Wednesday, 13 September 2017 KSA 17:00 - GMT 14:00
Disclaimer: Views expressed by writers in this section are their own and do not reflect Al Arabiya English's point-of-view.
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