The Gulf and Britain

At the recent Gulf summit that was held in Bahrain, the most prominent news to emerge, in my opinion, was the launch, or renewal, of the British partnership with the Gulf union.

The new British prime minister, Theresa May, attended the meeting of Gulf leaders and gave an expressive speech tackling the past, present and future.

The Conservative leader was the minister of interior for several years so she knows the nature of the security risks posed by chaos-causing groups and knows which states feed into the chaos and invest in terrorism.

She was clear when she said that the UK knows its allies from its enemies. She took a trip down memory lane and told us about Britain’s historic relations with the Arabian Sea and the Arabian Peninsula countries. May was smart in selecting the memories as she focused on the old economic partnership through the historic East India Company.

In an interview with the Al Arabiya News Channel, which was conducted by Turki Aldahkil, the British prime minister stressed that Gulf countries are allies, however, Iran is not. She added: “Preserving the security in the Gulf and working on its prosperity will ensure Britain’s security and prosperity.”

It seems that the era of Iranian hindrance and Obama’s negligence did not succeed in falsifying the reality

Mshari Al Thaydi

She talked about the restoration of a British presence through the launch of a military base in Bahrain and highlighted the qualitative alliance with the Gulf countries. She stressed on the need to stand against and attack Iran’s malevolent policies.

Who is the real contributor in the war on terrorism and who creates it at a time when this contributor accuses others of supporting terrorism?! Here we refer to the notorious New York Times article written by Mohammad Javad Zarif, foreign minister of Khomeini’s regime.

Prime Minister May revealed in her speech that Saudi Arabia contributed to saving the lives of hundreds of British people, due to security cooperation between Saudi Arabia and Britain.

It seems that the era of Iranian hindrance and Obama’s negligence did not succeed in falsifying the reality which shows clearly that the interests between Britain, the Gulf and Saudi Arabia cannot be ignored.

The Daily Telegraph published an article stating that “Britain relies heavily on intelligence information obtained by Saudi Arabia to stay safe,” stressing that “amid these circumstances, we have to work with Saudis and not blame them.”

Having said all that, it is important to mention that Britain cannot replace the US - this would be absurd. What the United States has been through is a political “margin” out of context, and even throughout this margin, the US maintained its “core” commitment to an alliance with the Gulf.‎

They always say that politics mirrors interests and I add that it also mirrors history and the credibility of the permanent and sustainable track too.

In the end, the truth will always prevail.

This article was first published in Asharq al-Awsat on December 9, 2016.


Saudi journalist Mshari Al Thaydi 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. Al Thaydi 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.



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