CAIRO – 29 July 2017: Oddly enough, Doha believes the anti-terror quartet of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain can trust its commitments.
Qatar has brought its credibility level to a zero-trust level with its own hands, as it repeatedly broke a number of agreements and commitments.
The anti-terror coalition cited Qatar’s support for terrorism as the main reason for cutting ties with the tiny Gulf emirate, insisting that Qatar violated a 2014 agreement with members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
After months of tension between Qatar and GCC members, Gulf foreign ministers inked an agreement with Qatar in 2014, stating that GCC member states should not undermine the interests, security and stability of each other.
Tensions rose against Doha as it supported Egypt’s ousted Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated President Mohamed Morsi, while most Gulf countries hailed his overthrow after the June 30, 2013 revolution.
Adding insult to injury, tensions had been simmering for months before signing the agreement, as Egypt-born cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi, a Qatari citizen, insulted the UAE.
“If the Emiratis think they are gods among people, they are wrong,” Qaradawi said during an interview with Al Jazeera.
The UAE Foreign Ministry said it summoned Qatar’s ambassador in February 2014 to protest refraining from stopping Qaradawi from continuing to insult the UAE, following a televised Friday prayer sermon in which Qaradawi accused the UAE of being against Islamic ruling.
Soon after striking the agreement, Qatar began continuing what the agreement specifically prohibited; it kept on boosting ties with regional rival Iran, resumed Al Jazeera network activities in the region, and moreover, it financed and backed terrorist groups and individuals.
Three years later, Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani was part of the three summits that took place in Saudi Arabia with the presence of U.S. President Donald Trump. During the summits, Sheikh Tamim signed agreements that promise his country’s commitment to fight terrorism; however, soon after the summits, Tamim was quoted justifying the Qatari-Iranian ties, regardless of Trump saying Iran is the “exporter of terrorism”.
Moreover, apparently Qatar has deluded the whole world. As part of the “Sky Documentaries”, Sky News Arabia revealed a documentary film, entitled “Qatar… The Road to Manhattan”. The documentary shows the relations and links between Qatar and the mastermind of the 9/11 attack, namely Khalid Shaikh Mohammad, and how Qatar supported him, gave him shelter and financial assistance, and prevented the U.S. intelligence from arresting him.
The documentary also exposes Al Thani’s sympathy with former leader of Al Qaeda Osama Bin Laden.
In addition to the demands that the anti-terror quartet listed, Doha should exert more effort to regain its credibility among Arab countries, not to mention confessing and compensating for its crimes and oath-breaking.