News ID: 194160
Published: 0643 GMT June 05, 2017

Source of Saudi Arabia and Qatar tensions

Source of Saudi Arabia and Qatar tensions

The decision made by several Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia, to sever ties with Qatar is a pretext to exact political revenge on Doha.

Such nations have been harboring an old grudge against Qatar for hosting leaders of the Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, and establishing ties with Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood.

Likewise, the tiny oil-rich peninsula of Qatar has been pursuing an independent policy in its cross-border ties which have not been based on the approaches drawn up by Saudi Arabia.

Such a policy has irritated the Saudis because the kingdom considers itself the elder brother of the member states of the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council. Riyadh also believes that the council’s members must toe its line unconditionally.

Furthermore, Saudi Arabia and Qatar have been engaged in border disputes for many years.

Such disputes persist between the kingdom, Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain. However, these nations have apparently set aside such differences and decided to adopt a joint stance to push Doha to succumb to their demands.   

Saudi Arabia expects Qatar to cut ties with Hamas, Lebanon’s Hezbollah and Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and stick to its commitments stipulated in the joint statements of the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council.

Hence, there seems to be no end in sight to the ongoing conflict between Doha and Riyadh.

Kuwait, which has often acted as a mediator in resolving political disputes among members of the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council, will unlikely be able to make peace between the Saudis and Qataris.

This time, Doha-Riyadh tensions — unlike previous times — have heightened to the point that the two Persian Gulf nations refuse to recognize the existence of each other, which has raised speculation about triggering another coup in Qatar.

Experts say Saudi Arabia is attempting to change the geography of the Arab world, which entails the removal of some territories and merging them into other nations.

It also seems that the Saudis are attempting to implement a pre-fabricated plan through coordination with the US government.

In fact, the plan could be in line with Donald Trump’s theory to establish a new Middle East.

The new Middle East necessitates that tensions escalate in the Arab world to plunge people’s lives into turmoil in order to avert their attention from their religious and vital issues.

This will contribute to labeling Iran and its regional supporters, which are fighting against terrorism, as adversaries of the Arab world.


Excerpts from an article published in


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