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Qatar Is A U.S. Ally, But It Has Serious Differences With Saudi Arabia And Its Allies. What Will Happen?

ArmchairPolitiicianNorthKorea, July 13, 2017, by Brad Peery, WWW.ArmchairPolitician.US, ArmchairPolitician.US@gmail.com

The U.S. has its largest military base in the Middle East in Qatar. It directs the U.S. military operations in the Middle East.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arabs Emirates (UAE), Egypt and Bahrain cut off diplomatic relations with Qatar, and implemented policies such as closing ground routes to Qatar, blocked Qatari vessels and aircraft from their waters and airspace. This essentially isolated Qatar. Qatar’s only land border is with Saudi Arabia.

Iran is attempting to take advantage of this rift by sending food to Qatar. Iran has also allowed Qatar to use its air and sea lanes after the Saudi-led Arab group suspended all flights to and from Doha, and severed diplomatic ties. Some Saudi Arabia companies also are supplying food to Qatar, in violation of the blockade.

Qatar is accused of hosting and supporting terrorism, and providing financing to terrorist organizations that include Hamas and The Muslim Brotherhood, but in the past they have said that these organizations are not terrorist groups.

The measures are more severe than during a previous eight-month rift in 2014, when Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE withdrew their ambassadors from Qatar, alleging Qatari support for militant groups.

Rex Tillerson, the Secretary of State, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Qatar to jointly fight terrorism. This week, on the eve of Tillerson’s arrival in the region, documents were leaked purporting to show secret agreements that Qatar had signed several years ago, probably in 2014, agreeing not to support the Muslim Brotherhood or other groups opposed to its Persian Gulf neighbors. In a joint statement carried by the Saudi press agency, the Arab states said that the agreements “confirm beyond any doubt Qatar’s failure to meet its commitments.” During the current crisis, the Arab states have linked Qatar to a host of opposition and militant groups in the region.

Iran has a relationship with Qatar through gas interests that are in a contiguous gas field. Iran is apparently inserting itself into a breach between Qatar and other Middle East countries and is supplying food and other goods. The U.S. is afraid that the rift with the Saudi-led Arab countries could push Qatar further into the arms of Iran. The U.S. relationship with Qatar could reduce the threat posed by Iran.

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The MOU with Qatar is not an agreement until it is finalized. The documents leaked showing Qatar has apparently violated past agreements not to fund terrorist groups, like the Muslim Brotherhood, make the MOU’s impact very uncertain. However, it will give the U.S. a chance to see if Qatar is now sincere, particularly because facts about Qatar’s ongoing activities can be supplied on a real time basis by the Saudi led group that the U.S. is supporting.

See:
ArmchairPolitiicianSaudiArabia, May 22, 2017, by Brad Peery, ArmchairPolitician.US, bradpeery007@gmail.com
Saudi Arabia Unveils Up To $370 Billion Of U.S. Investments And A Global Islamist Terrorist Center As Well As The Saudi Drive To Diversify Its’ Economy

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