New York Times: Qatar paying a price for punching above its weight

Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (L) and Former Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa al-Thani inspect the honor guard during a welcoming ceremony prior to their meeting in Tehran in 2010. (AFP)

New York Times has published this week an opinion piece analyzing Qatar’s crisis and the dispute between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on one side and Qatar on the other.

The article stated that the Saudis and the Emiratis saw an opportunity in the US alliance “to remove an obstacle in their path toward tackling two more potent adversaries: Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood,” as their threats escalate in the region.

Qatar sought to play a bigger role in the region relying on its diplomacy and its gas reserves as it inserted itself in conflicts backing up the Muslim Brotherhood, Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas “bringing together adversaries from Palestine, Afghanistan or Lebanon,” the article said.

However, “Qatar was punching above its weight” with regard to its alliance with Iran in contrast to Saudi Arabia and the UAE, stated the article.

According to the analysis, “The Saudis and Emiratis could lower their demands and pressure on Qatar, in exchange for Qatar toning down its public support of the Brotherhood.”

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:54 - GMT 06:54