Qatar, the boycott continues

Mashari Althaydi

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Many foreigners and Arabs betted on the disruption of the strong alliance between the Arab quartet: Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain, due to the intensified political and media attacks regarding the Yemeni war and the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

The attack was in fact unprecedented, and the concentrated coordination between its three parties, the Muslim Brotherhood, Khomeinists and leftists reached an unprecedented level of intensified efforts.

The aim of the massive campaigns on Saudi Arabia and on the crown prince’s character, the architect of hope and the new vision and the man of decisiveness who’s besieged the invading Iranian Khomeini project, was to repeal the power of the alliance that’s based on its four decisive Arab pillars, Riyadh, Cairo, Abu Dhabi and Manama.

There is no change, no hesitation and no weakness. Principles are principles before the campaigns over the murder of Khashoggi and the Yemen war and after them

Mashari Althaydi

No change, no hesitation

However, these efforts were thwarted and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman kicked off his international tour beginning with the friend, UAE, then he headed to the loyal Bahrain and later to Egypt, which represents power and Arab pride. Afterwards, he will kick off an interesting tour in North African countries. The end of this international tour will be the G-20 summit in Argentina.

There is no change, no hesitation and no weakness. Principles are principles before the campaigns over the murder of Khashoggi and the Yemen war and after them. There were all these rumors and false news, which are cooked by the Al Jazeera channel and all of Qatar’s networks and the Muslim Brotherhood about the Saudi kingdom and its governing institution, and about the Arab quartet’s backing out from for instance boycotting Qatar until it ends its policy of supporting terrorists and inciting strife.

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The fate of all these desires is disappointment. News reports about the Saudi crown prince’s visit to Egypt stated that Egypt and Saudi Arabia reaffirmed that they will confront Iranian interferences. These reports also noted that President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman adhere to the conditions of reconciliation with Qatar without any concessions.

All those who betted and worked on marginalizing the Arab quartet and defeating Saudi determination today must try again some other time!

This article is also available in Arabic.

Saudi journalist Mshari Al Thaydi @MAlthaydy presents Al Arabiya News Channel’s “Views on the News” daily show, “Maraya.” He has previously held the position of a managing senior editor for Saudi Arabia & the Gulf region at pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat. Al Thaydi has published several papers on political Islam and social history of Saudi Arabia. He appears as a guest on several radio and television programs to discuss the ideologies of extremist groups and terrorists.

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