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Is Qatar defending its sovereignty?

Qatar continues to tread a stubborn and deceptive path isolating itself and indulging even more on a path of no return to its natural place – the Arabian Peninsula and its Gulf.

Qatar has a network of media platforms spread in Western capitals that allow it to become a means to perpetuate threat and confusion. All we really need to do is to follow online news sites, a machinery stimulating confusion and false rumor – working for Qatar with the Muslim Brotherhood behind it – to realize which way these people swing.

Now, the conflict in Yemen, which is aimed at preventing it from becoming an Iranian proxy, has transformed into an ugly war in the eyes of Qatari networks? Of course, this came after Doha left or rather was removed from the Arab Coalition in Yemen that supported legitimacy and implementation of international resolutions.

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Qatar’s networks continue to target the Coalition’s countries, especially Saudi Arabia and the UAE about the situation in Yemen. In fact, it was Qatar who until recently claimed that it was the Arabs’ knight and shining armor against Iran.

A recent example of this, and it won’t be the last, is that a certain side said it would register complaint against the UAE in the International Criminal Court for war crimes in Yemen.

Responding to this, the UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said on his Twitter account that this Arab organization for Human Rights, based in Qatar, has filed a complaint against the UAE at the International Criminal Court. He said that whoever is aware of the situation would realize that this is just media campaign, which is how Doha operates.

Qatar has a network of media platforms spread in Western capitals that allow it to become a means to perpetuate threat and confusion

Mashari Althaydi

Persistence for discord

Even though this is a non-government organization, the goal is clear – to create confusion over the Arab Coalition’s position, especially Saudi Arabia and the UAE. This Qatari persistence for discord is against Qatar itself as Qatar has never been and will never be an Iranian province.

There never was and will never be a dispute within the Gulf forum on the “differences” in certain policies among member states or the preservation of claimed sovereignty.

Take the Sultanate of Oman, for instance, it often takes a different position in Gulf states’ disputes with others. One example of this is Muscat’s decision not to participate from the beginning in the Gulf and Arab alliance against those who staged the coup in Yemen.

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No one told Oman about the critical situation in Yemen, but Muscat was clear in the situation. As for Doha, the problem is that it has been trying to be clever and is working behind the scenes, over the past two decades and now openly, to damage the Gulf states.

Never, as Qatar’s networks claim, has the dispute been about Qatar’s sovereignty and dignity but about preventing the latter from disrupting other countries. There is a big different between sovereignty and conspiracy.

This article is also available in Arabic.
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Saudi journalist Mashari Althaydi 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. Althaydi 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. He tweets under @MAlthaydy.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 29 November 2017 KSA 15:37 - GMT 12:37
Disclaimer: Views expressed by writers in this section are their own and do not reflect Al Arabiya English's point-of-view.
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