The affair that wasn’t present during the UN’s annual political season and its activities this year but was present last year is the quartet boycott of Qatar. It seems that we are in a state of harmony and reconciliation with the new reality and an acceptance of the fait accompli.
In New York, we forgot the “issue” if it had not been for a question asked to Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir and to which he replied: “It’s been 15 months since our boycott of Qatar, and we can go on (like that) for 15 years.”
No one remembered Qatar’s crisis here except Qatar’s representatives. Even the UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash noted in a tweet: “Qatar’s crisis was completely absent from the interests of the international community at the General Assembly in New York.” He added: “Qatar wasted hefty amounts on public relations companies and lawyers without (achieving) any results worth mentioning.”
The boycott is actually more than comfortable as it is very beneficial for Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. These countries have suffered from Qatar’s attempts to create opposition within them and fund foreign activity aimed against themAbdulrahman al-Rashed