by M. Z. 2 years ago in politics / humanity

The New Dilemma for Qatar


After Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia, and his efforts to unite Arab countries against the Islamic Republic of Iran, it seems that the consensus which the US was seeking has turned to a failure. The Arab NATO is an imaginative framework to bring together some regional Arab countries against Iran and its stabilizing role in the Islamic World. But for many reasons this platform does not have any authentic integrity.

First of all, the established foreign policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran is to support poor Muslims all over the world especially in Islamic territory. This agenda has been a key issue of Palestinians who have been in a permanent war with their enemy since past seventy years.

Secondly, the south Lebanese liberation from the Israel invasion has occurred and has continued due to Islamic Republic permanent support of Hezbollah.

Thirdly, the public opinion among the Islamic World population is in favour of Islamic Republic of Iran approach against the Islamic territories occupation.

These main reasons have created a dilemma for the Arab States whether to be on the Iranian side or not. Qatar, which has been a supporter of Muslim brotherhood for many years, now cannot push to take on Iran as a follower of Saudi Arabian diplomacy. Although Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have banned the Qatari state to make it come back to their union, and have put forward some conditions for re-joining, Qatar does not seem to be able to fulfil these wishes such as closing the Aljazeera TV network which is key equipment to influence the Islamic World for this state.

Qatar is now in a historic dilemma to turn back toward Saudi Arabia and escalate tensions in the Persian Gulf or unite with Iran and Turkey as moderate Islamic counties and make a new strategic axis to maintain peace and security in the Middle East. This dilemma may cause a sort of change in the initiative of other Persian Gulf countries toward de-escalating the tensions with Islamic Republic of Iran in future, too. Whether it happens or not, the public opinion of the Islamic world will judge which policies have engineered the challenges in the region and to what extent the hegemonic diplomacy of superpowers play a negative role in the Middle East.

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