The attempts of Qataris, Iranians and their followers, whether those who oppose Saudi Arabia or remnants of the left-wing, failed at thwarting Mohammed bin Salman’s first visit to Britain as crown prince and of distorting his political and social project. Most politicians and media figures who are interested in Middle Eastern affairs frankly voiced their admiration of his character and projects, expressing positive views.
Most parliament members’ and government officials’ comments were in support of Saudi Arabia – I haven’t said “opposed Qatar” because this issue wasn’t even part of the discussionsAbdulrahman al-Rashed
Meanwhile, what do Sheikh Tamim and his father, the real governor of Qatar, do besides spending their day thinking about how to make their football team, Paris Saint-Germain, succeed or working on distorting the image of the Saudi guest? Doha’s alternative project to Riyadh’s aims to promote the Muslim Brotherhood, Hezbollah and other groups that corrupted the region ever since extremist Islamists seized power in Iran in 1979.
Britain, which is used to having reservations, being monotonous and avoiding the adoption of strong stances, was quick and frank while positively and enthusiastically welcoming the Saudi crown prince. Most dailies and political television shows positively spoke about the visit. Most parliament members’ and government officials’ comments were in support of Saudi Arabia – I haven’t said “opposed Qatar” because this issue wasn’t even part of the discussions.