This is one of the saddest days since the Gulf Cooperation Council () was formed. I never imagined that a brotherly country, a neighbour with which we in the United Arab () share ties of blood, would act against us behind the curtain by supporting terrorist groups threatening us all while getting cosy with our adversary, .
The Qatari regime’s loyalty towards its allies has long been questioned. The fact that it has been sheltering criminals languishing in five-star hotels and has close ties with both and the Afghan and other terrorist groups is an open secret.
The motives behind the Qatari government’s ill treatment of its closest friends are not clear. I can but speculate that the Emir was hand-in-glove with former US President Barack who was set on bolstering ’s influence while cutting that of down to size.
The Qatari leadership is known for talking out of both sides of its mouth, saying one thing and doing the opposite. The smiles and the warm diplomatic messages from that quarter were fakes designed to hide the country’s double-dealings.
’s friendly posture towards the Kingdom of , the and Kingdom of has been exposed as a duplicitous charade, which cannot be tolerated. Saudi, the and do not seek confrontation; our leaders are patient but also just, firm and strong when the safety of our people is at stake. We cannot forever blind our eyes and close our ears to the truth staring us in the face.
Qataris are good people, some of the finest I know. They share our culture and traditions. I do not believe they condone the behaviour of their ruler. They have been quietly oppressed and are afraid to air their true opinions. We do not wish to harm them in any way and look forward to a time when we can break bread with them again.
I would appeal to my Qatari brothers and sisters not to take the severing of diplomatic relations with by the Kingdom, the and personally. We have been left with no choice.
, , , the and are backing our stance. , , and have closed air, sea and land transport links to “for the protection of national security from the dangers of terrorism and extremism,” said an official Saudi source quoted by the Saudi News Agency.
We anticipate that , and will announce similar measures. We hope and trust that and the Sultanate of will also do what is right.
I expect that certain Western nations will join the boycott although I am disappointed with the American response. US Secretary of State Rex is urging reconciliation and says the US has no plans to relocate its Central Command operations from . Such a quick fire response is disappointing.
’s isolation will deplete its coffers. We are already witnessing negative effects on the country’s stock market and airlines. Unfortunately, Qataris will not be immune from inconvenience. I sincerely hope our separation will be short and what’s happening is nothing more than a temporary family fall out. has always been part of our Gulf family and should remain so.
On a positive note, the beneficiaries of the regime’s terrorist funding – , pro-Iranian Yemeni , , , the Brotherhood, , and others – will suffer a loss of liquidity.
Too much bad water has gone under the bridge. There is no turning back unless can find a way to redeem itself. The regime of and his son Tamim cannot be trusted. Its promises are worthless.
Sheikh Hamad’s family has steered the country in the wrong direction and used its vast wealth for nefarious purposes. I believe Qataris are waking up to that indisputable reality. I am not in the business of telling the people of other nations how to react to their own governments; that is for them to decide. I pray they make wise choices.
However, if the Emir of cares about the future of his country and his people, he would do well to consider stepping down and going into exile along with his close family members and loyalists. There are numerous states which would offer him sanctuary, states that would welcome a mega injection of funds.
There are honest people within the family capable of bringing back to the straight and narrow. Sheikh Saud bin Nasser is one. He slammed Tamim in a tweet, writing: “We hoped that foreign policy would change and our hopes were disappointed after you joined forces with against your brothers and set up terrorist groups and published electronic battalions to beat your opponents…”
There are branches of the extensive family made up of true Gulf Arabs who genuinely love their neighbours’ soil as much as their own and want to play a role in bettering the Arab World, not injecting it with divisiveness.
They should step up and make their voices heard so that the Qatari people can coalesce behind them. Saudi and the , and their allies would be only too happy to welcome back to the fold.
’s Foreign Ministry has described the measures taken as “unjustified” and “based on claims and allegations with no basis in fact”. That statement whistles to the wind. There is a growing mountain of evidence that refutes such denials.
I look forward to the recalibration of ’s foreign policy in accordance with that of all member states so that we can have the confidence to mend relations with in good faith. How that is achieved rests on Qatari shoulders but, in the meantime, the and its Arab allies must do what they have to in order to protect their own people.
Once all our countries around the are on the same page when it comes to battling the terrorist scourge and pushing back on ’s expansionism, they will be the safest and most stable on earth.
Come back to us, ! Come back to us as a loyal partner! Let us trust in God to bring us together in love and friendship before the rift becomes too wide to swiftly traverse.