More of Qatar’s oddities

Mashari Althaydi
Mashari Althaydi
Published: Updated:
Read Mode
100% Font Size
4 min read

The oddities pertaining to the official Qatari discourse never end. The most recent were the rather weird remarks of Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani who markets the strange Qatari policies.

The Qatari FM attacked Saudi Arabia’s and the UAE’s policies during an interview with the American CNBC channel and said that Saudi Arabia and the UAE contribute toward “destabilization of the region.”

The minister made the worst example and said: “Iran is part of our region, whether we like it or not, whether we agree with their policy or we disagree.”

The question is who is responsible for this regional destruction, which the Qatari minister acknowledges? “We cannot afford another escalation in our region,” he said.

ALSO READ: Is it possible to reconcile with Qatar’s authority?

So while he held Saudi Arabia and the UAE specifically responsible for regional chaos or “destabilization” as he described it, he went backward and said: “We cannot blame one country on the destabilization of the region right now.”

He said this during the same interview with a manipulation that has become common in the Qatari discourse.

As long as there is chaos, escalation and destabilization, according to the acknowledgement of the Qatari FM, there must be someone who bears responsibility and it is not right to deny the responsibility of others.

Therefore, when he holds Saudi Arabia and the UAE responsible, his remarks were closer to that of an ordinary person, regardless of the fact that this accusation is nothing but mere deceit.

Saying one thing and contradicting it and then doing something else and claiming to be innocent have become usual for officials in Doha

Mashari Althaydi

Iran’s responsibility

He even denied the responsibility of the Iranian regime. So everything that’s happening in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Yemen is the responsibility of Saudi Arabia and the UAE and not Iran, and of course not Qatar.

Doha frankly announces its support for those who sabotage Syria, Iraq and Yemen and Brotherhood in Libya. The country’s media supports the Houthis and the attack against Arab coalition in Yemen.

This audacity is not strange – we don’t want to describe more than this. Saying one thing and contradicting it and then doing something else and claiming to be innocent have become usual for officials in Doha.

ALSO READ: The Hodeidah agreement, beginning or an end?

Let’s take this example from March last year when the Qatari interior ministry, and not Trump and not the Saudi interior ministry, issued a list with the names of terrorists wanted by the country.

The Qatari security list included the name Mubarak Alajji. Mubarak was later seen participating in the official marathon and winning an honorary reward from a government body. His cheerful photos were published by local Qatari dailies.

This wasn’t the only time as Mubarak also later participated in an official cycling race. Once again, his photo was published by local dailies! This is enough to get to know the logic, which directs the Qatari ruling mentality.

This article is also available in Arabic.

Saudi journalist Mashari Althaydi 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 & Gulf region at pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat. Althaydi 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. He tweets under @MAlthaydy.

Disclaimer: Views expressed by writers in this section are their own and do not reflect Al Arabiya English's point-of-view.
Top Content Trending