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When Kuwait Took Qatar To America

By Asaf Zilberfarb | The Media Line

September 11, 2017

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Al-Sharq al-Awsat, London, September 9

The struggle between Qatar and its neighbors continues to unfold, this time at the White House, following the visit of the Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to Washington, D.C. During his meeting with Donald Trump, Sheikh Al-Sabah invited the U.S. president to mediate the talks between GCC states and Qatar—an offer that was gladly accepted. In doing so, Sheikh Al-Sabah sent a clear message to the Qatari government: whatever concessions you weren’t willing to make to us, you will now have to make to the Americans. This is a brilliant move, as it will once again expose Qatari stubbornness to the world. President Trump already made this point clear when, during a press conference with the Emir, he warned Doha to stop funding terror and violence in the region. In the 90 days that have passed since the Arab embargo on Qatar was implemented, Doha has done everything in its power to evade responsibility for its actions. It has turned to almost every international forum, from the United Nations to the World Trade Organization, to file complaints against the boycott, but has done nothing to address the clear demands provided to it by GCC states. After years of sinister intervention in the domestic affairs of almost all of its neighbors, Doha is finally isolated and paying the price for its actions. It is true that ending this crisis is a top priority for the Arab world. But not at any cost. Qatar must mend its ways and renounce terror. Only then can it be held accountable for its actions. So far it has tried to dupe its neighbors; now it must try to do the same to the White House. – Abd al-Rahman al-Rashed

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