Saudi patience over Qatar's intrigues lasted more than 20 years

Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani looks on during a welcome ceremony in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, January 29, 2016. (Reuters)

For more than 20 years, the Qatari policy has been founded on conspiracy towards Saudi Arabia, starting with cooperating with extremist groups, the Muslim Brotherhood, and attempting to destabilize the Gulf Cooperation Council countries.

Qatar wasted all the opportunities given by Saudi Arabia and other neighboring countries to abandon its decisions and plans to corrupt the region.

For more than two decades, Saudi Arabia exercised patience, but Doha continued to practice its undercover schemes, and began cooperating with terrorist and extremist groups to weave schemes against Saudi Arabia.

These conspiracies included coordination with countries that showed considerable hostility to Saudi Arabia, including Qaddafi’s Libya.

In 2013 Doha was given an opportunity through the Riyadh Declaration as several demands had to be implemented within 90 days, but Qatar didn’t implement them.

Another attempt was made in February 2014 in Kuwait to warn Qatar and stop its plots against neighboring countries. The meeting took place in the presence of the Emir of Kuwait, Qatar’s Emir and the foreign ministers.

However, Doha, as usual, did not abide by it and continued its approach, leading to another meeting in Riyadh for GCC foreign ministers during March of the same year.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain withdraw their ambassadors from Qatar as a result.

Although King Salman began a new chapter in 2015 and re-established relations with Qatar, Doha's practices and abuses never stopped.

During the Riyadh Summit in 2017, the Qatari delegation exited before the end of the opening ceremony, and followed up by a media attack on Saudi Arabia.

A speech by Tamim bin Hamad was broadcasted through Qatar News Agency attacking Saudi Arabia, but after Doha saw rapid and angry reactions, Qatar claimed the agency was hacked and penetrated as a justification.
 

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