Many, including United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and some western governments and human rights organizations, have recently understood why Qatar has been screaming amid this crisis and talking about its sovereignty, while accusing the four boycotting countries of imposing tutelage on Doha. On Wednesday, the Bahraini state television broadcast a recording of a conversation between terror suspect Ali Salman and former Qatari prime minister and foreign affairs minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr Al Thani. This revealed who is intervening in the sovereignty of other countries and who violated the sanctity of its neighbor’s security and stability and who conspired with the followers of the Iranian regime against a brotherly country and a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council.
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For years, Qatar has violated Bahrain’s sovereignty. It accepts strangers’ interferences in Bahraini affairs to impose tutelage over it or rather occupy it. Since Qatar violates the sovereignty of other countries, it thought the four countries, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt, want to violate its own sovereignty when they took the decision to boycott it on June 5 by severing diplomatic, political and economic ties and closing land, air and sea routes.
Why is Qatar doing this?
All we have known about Qatar during the past 80 days since the decision to boycott it is something and what this conversation revealed is something else. People in the Gulf and Arab countries are all wondering: Why is Qatar doing this? Why would Qatar’s prime minister personally communicate with the opposition leader and the leader of terrorism and incitement in Bahrain and support him?
How will Qatar benefit by playing a destructive role in Bahrain? How will it benefit if the Iranian regime controls a neighboring Arab Gulf state? Whose interest does Hamad bin Jassim serve?
How will Qatar benefit by playing a destructive role in Bahrain? How will it benefit if the Iranian regime controls a neighboring Arab Gulf state?Mohammed Al-Hammadi
Qatar is demanded to clarify this behavior or rather this crime which was committed by a former prime minister. Qatar’s emir is responsible before the Bahraini people and before people in the Gulf and Arab countries. He must bear the responsibility of what happened in Bahrain in the past few years. At the same time, it is his responsibility to hand over this person who conspired against a brotherly Gulf country. Qatar must also admit its crime and apologize to Bahrain. People in the Gulf and Bahrain have the right to hear a sincere apology.
The conversation broadcast by the Bahraini TV is conclusive evidence that Hamad bin Jassim conspired against Bahrain. The next important step is to take legal measures and launch a judicial investigation into the matter. This is what Bahrain’s prosecution did. The move must be completed via cooperation with Doha – that is if it does not support what Bin Jassim did – to investigate and reveal the role which Bin Jassim played in overthrowing the regime in Bahrain, spreading chaos and violence and sowing sectarian divisions.
This article is also available in Arabic.
Mohammed Al-Hammadi is the Editor-in-Chief of Al Ittihad newspaper and Executive Director of editing and publishing at the Abu Dhabi Media Company. He founded and was Editor-in-Chief of the Arabic edition of National Geographic magazine, and has held numerous positions in journalism since joining Al Ittihad in 1994. Al-Hammadi has been a columnist for more than 15 years, including writing a daily column for seven years and producing a weekly political column in Al Ittihad since 2001. He has also worked as a parliamentary editor for seven years, covering the proceedings of the Federal National Council in the United Arab Emirates. In addition to being an active participant on social networks, Al-Hammadi has an interest in new media and is currently working on a project to ease the transition from traditional to digital and smart media. Al-Hammadi has received numerous awards and is a member of a number of organizations and federations. He features regularly in broadcast media as a regional political commentator and has authored several books including Time of Ordeal (2008), The UAE Democracy (2009) and The Fall of the Muslim Brotherhood (2016). Twitter: @MEalhammadi.
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