Qatar’s former foreign minister and prime minister, Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani, has been in the spotlight after the release of a leaked conversation with Libya's, Muammer Qaddafi, where he expressed his desire to divide the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Hamad bin Jassim was enlisted to defend Qatar’s position and policies in the local Qatari press. His involvement has come despite his role of being Qatar's foreign policy architect of over the past two decades that resulted in the diplomatic standoff with its Gulf Arab neighbors.
What we know about Hamad bin Jassim?
Bin Jassim, one of Qatar’s key policy makers, surfaced on local media outlets to defend Qatar's position after the designation of 59 individuals and 12 institutions in a terrorism list by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt.
He joined the government as Director of Agriculture and Municipal Affairs Minister’s office between 1982 and 1989, before being appointed minister by the ousted Emir Abdullah bin Khalifah al-Thani.
In 1990 he was appointed the Deputy Minister of Water and Electricity along with his position of Minister of Agriculture and Municipal Affairs. In 1992 Bin Jassim became Qatar’s Foreign Minister and leading the development of Qatar's current foreign policy.
The palace coup
Bin Jassim's policies were the watermark of the emir Hamad bin Thani and his son Emir Tamim bin Hamad that took effect since the palace coup in 1995. Hamad Bin Jassim played a pivotal role to bring Hamad bin Abdullah to the throne in that coup.
The policies initiated by bin Jassim have led to the coalescence of Qatar with members of the Muslim brotherhood terrorist group in a number of Arab countries and offering its leading members quarter in Doha.
During bin Jassim's tenure engagement and cooperation with the Hezbollah terrorist group and Hamas initiated all the while relations greatly improved with Israel and Iran.
In 2003 bin Jassim became the first Deputy Prime Minister before becoming Prime Minister in 2007 while retaining his Foreign Ministry position.