Qatar did well by putting the record straight and calling things by their names. It officially announced, through its ambassador to Moscow, its true position towards the Iranian occupation of Syria, by considering that Iran has “legitimate” interests in Syria and supporting Tehran’s quest to maintain those interests; and that the “Syrian regime, which oppressed its opponents, is responsible for allowing for international and regional foreign intervention, which should not be blamed on others.”
This is only part of a new chapter of the Qatari contradictions that the region and the world have witnessed for more than two decades. On one hand, Doha supports extremist groups fighting Bashar al-Assad’s regime and its Iranian ally on Syrian territory, and on the other hand, it stands with Iran in its occupation of Syrian territory and legitimizes its presence; hence supporting two conflicting parties at the same time.
This is the climax of the political tragedy in which Qatar excels, in search of a role that it believes will give it a diplomatic advantage in the region, no matter whether the result is feeding conflicts and prolonging wars... and regardless of whether it was the worst thing a regime in the world can do.
The Qatari position obviously did not explain the “legitimate interests” of Iran in Syria, nor did it clarify the potential interests of a foreign country on the territory of another stateSalman al-Dosary