Tuesday , September 26 2017

Qatar, patience has limit

NO ONE will blame His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah if he announces the end of Kuwait’s mediation once his patience runs out. His Highness the Amir is known for his patience and forbearance, but even those who are patient have limitations. Doha needs to be aware of this and that mediation should go outside the Gulf house in order to prevent the price from exceeding what it can afford.

After about a hundred days of the Gulf crisis, Qatar continues to circle around itself. With every step forward, it goes several steps backward and this proves Qatar is not striving towards solution.

In fact, if Qatar is serious enough to avoid escalating the matter to the level of provocation, it would have adhered to the terms agreed on during the two Riyadh summits which His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad signed with the late King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah who took it upon himself to play the mediation role from the start.

About 80 percent of the items of these two agreements are the demands of four blockading countries today. Therefore, the persistence of Qatar on the breach of sovereignty is idle talk so that Doha does not get rid of its bothering behavior towards the Gulf capitals and for it to stop funding terrorism.

The main objective of 13 demands presented by the four blockading countries is to stop interference in the internal affairs of these countries – interference which has been proven and well-documented. This interference is mainly aimed at dragging the region to the path which Tunisia went through; followed by Syria, Libya, Yemen and other Arab countries.

This is in addition to Kuwait where His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah said the country suffered a lot due to Qatari interference, but the issue was solved through communication and reaching clear agreements in this regard.

Here in Kuwait, we all know what happened during what was falsely named as ‘national honor marches’ and how the ‘Brotherhood’ aggravation scenarios were tailored in cooperation with Qatari circles. At the time, if it were not for the wisdom of His Highness the Amir, his experience and the decisive measures taken to protect the country from the plot against it; Kuwait would have been lost.

Today, there is a window of hope in solving the crisis radically, but if the decision-making circles in Qatar flounder, especially if they tarnish the courageous stance of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad and his initiative to call Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Prince Mohammad bin Salman; the situation will worsen and all countries in the region do not want this to happen.

Unfortunately, instead of building on this positive development, Qatar’s news agency and foreign ministry, together with ‘Al-Jazeera’, rushed to pour oil on fire by distorting facts; insinuating that the actual rulers in Doha are that channel and the agitators fishing in troubled waters. It is also unfortunate that majority of them are not Qataris.

Losses incurred by Qatar in the past two days increased further after instability of the internal position came to light. It seems the decision is in the hands of people with personal interests; thereby, complicating the matter further.

If this dispersion situation continues, there is no doubt that patience of Kuwaiti mediation will reach its limit, given that it is irrational to wait indefinitely.

The region has many entitlements and prolonging the crisis increases the price which the regional countries will pay. Consequently, it is imperative for Doha to resolve the issue before it reaches a point where it cannot run away.

Once at that point, Qatar will not find someone who will take its hand back to the Gulf house which will never leave its doors widely open for the wind of interests of extremist groups managing the Qatari administration.

By Ahmed Al-Jarallah – Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times

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