Qatar’s crisis with its Arab neighbors is now into its second year, after ending one full year of severed political, economic and diplomatic ties. The four boycotting countries, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain, tried to bring the Qatari regime back to its senses, to make it a responsible player in the region and have it share the concerns and the challenges faced by the region.
However, Qatar rejected such overtures before the boycott and after it, and this has put it in a very difficult position. The Qatari regime has become alone in a region which it’s supposed to be a part of, and instead of doing something that would bring it back to the Arab fold, it insisted on distancing itself further and chose to go to foreigners and to throw itself in the bosom of Tehran and Ankara.
It has completed 365 days of stubbornness, arrogance, dissemination of lies and failure to listen to the voice of reason. For 12 months it has been chasing illusions and looking for unrealistic solutions with countries and people who do not have a solution and do not know how to end the problem.
The Qatari regime went to the East and the West and sought a solution with the US over the boycotting issue, which it is suffering from a lot. In fact, the regime’s officials travelled thousands of kilometers and forgot that the solution is only a few hundred kilometers away!
One whole year has exposed all of Qatar’s actions and tricks, and what its regime has done against countries of the region and against the future of its peoples. There is no doubt that the world was greatly surprised with Qatar, specially countries and people who did not know the reality of Qatar’s regime and the reality of its actions, behaviors and goals.
Doha is now certain that the four countries were not making empty statements when they said that they would not mind if the boycott continues for a year or for several yearsMohammed al-Hammadi
The Qatari regime is now exposed in front of everyone. As for those who still have ties with it, they have maintained these relations for financial benefits for the time being, and nothing more.
There is no doubt that Qatar’s arrogance, stubbornness and continuous disturbance did not harm anyone except Qatar itself. Qatar is the one which paid a hefty price during the past year, although it pretends otherwise.
Truth is manifest in quantifiable terms – related to present trade, investment and present economic ills, and what remains of liquidity in its sovereign funds.
At the end of the first year of boycott, Qatar pretends to enjoy this boycott and to show that it is not affected by it. Doha is now certain that the four countries were not making empty statements when they said that they would not mind if the boycott continues for a year or for several years and that they were not exaggerating or being sarcastic when they said that Qatar’s crisis is very, very small.
Everyone sees that that the boycotting countries are no longer concerned with the Qatar crisis in recent months and they are preoccupied with a lot of internal and foreign issues that concern them, their people and the region.
If Qatar wants to take a decision today, it should know that the right, short and effective route is the Doha-Riyadh route, and that any other way offers no solution.
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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.