The Qatari emir has surprised me by what he said this week in interview with CBS. But, when it comes from Qatar then it is shouldn’t actually come as a surprise. Sheikh Tamim is trying to show the world that the boycotting countries do not want to begin dialogue because they only want a regime change. He tried to appear as if he is ready to have dialogue and make concessions. But what has Qatar done in the last five months to show this?
He continued giving hints about sovereignty, claiming that the four countries seek to violate Qatari sovereignty. As for their relations with the “honorable” Iran, the prince explained that this rapprochement is due to closed border with Saudi Arabia and the boycott imposed on Qatar.
This is not really strange as two days earlier, we heard of former Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassem’s admiration of Israel. When he wanted to compare Arab countries with other countries, he did not choose Britain, Finland, Singapore or South Korea, but he went directly to the Israeli model to show how he is impressed with it, saying that it is country that has no oil, but it has goals.
The appropriate response to all these Qatari official statements might be what Bahraini King Hamad bin Issa said yesterday, stressing that it is time to take firmer action against those ask the support of the other countries against neighboring countries. The king added that Qatar proved that it does not respect the agreements upon which the GCC was established. This has led to the king rethinking Bahrain’s participation in the upcoming GCC summit; he said: “Bahrain cannot attend any summit or meeting, attended by Qatar unless it reforms its approach, returns to its correct path and responds to the demands of the boycotting countries.”
So all has became clear again, Doha has to stop this nonsense, media games and trivial campaigns. The statements from the Qatari officials are not showing responsibility and are not addressing the crisis. They are just maneuverings that have made Qatar fail to get out of the crisis in its early phases. Everyone should see the reality of this crisis and know that the four boycotting countries have approached Qatar for years to hash out differences, but Qatar instead insisted on escaping the many issues.
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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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