There is no doubt that Qatar is becoming more and more a platform for besieging the US policies from Iran and Turkey. Moreover, the statements made by the Iranian and Turkish officials during the Doha Forum highlights the boiling tension within the Arab Gulf region and its US ally. Qatar officials on being questioned on the issue have stated that Qatar is an ally for the US and also maintains a US base in their land. Hence, if Qatar is forced to break away from the Arab circuit, it poses a great threat to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, as well as the United Arab Emirates.
The Doha Forum clearly tried to pinpoint that it is being used as a platform for dividing the Arab Gulf nations and ruining the Arab treaties; with the officials of Iran and Turkey remaining busy to criticize the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) as well as its allies.
On Saturday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif stated that US sanctions won’t have any impact on the policies of the Islamic Republic at home or abroad. Zarif informed the Doha Forum policy conference that it’s evident that they are facing pressure under the US sanctions. However, it won’t change their policy. He added that one of the arts they have learned in Iran is to bypass penalties.
While talking about the Yemen conflict, Zarif stated that Iran has been charged with sending weapons to Yemen. However, the Houthis have enough weapons with them. He stated that he believes that American-made jets along with the Saudi fighters are navigating the jets.
On Saturday Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Çavusoglu criticized Saudi Arabia and also the sanctions implemented on Qatar by the four main Arab neighbours. The statements made by the Mevlut pursue campaigns against the GCC in Turkish media.
The new wave of assaults against the GCC, initiated from Qatar, follows Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani’s judgment to avert the annual GCC summit in Riyadh. The previously concealed Qatar-Iran entente is out in the open. This not only depicts a threat to the GCC and the Arab world, but it also threatens the US interests in making the sanctions functional.
Beyond trade, Ankara and Tehran are engrossed in a fierce battle with Riyadh over supremacy in the Arab Gulf and the wider Middle East. It can be said that Qatar is playing with fire, not only because its foreign policy is dicey; moreover it is going to annoy its neighbours and push the nation into isolation.
On 15th December, Qatar urged for a new alliance which would be replacing the four-decade-old Gulf Cooperation Council. Qatar’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani informed policymakers during the two-day Doha Forum that rather than blaming the government for not meeting the demands made by the majority of the council’ members, the GCC doesn’t have any power to settle the dispute.