Qatar’s credibility questioned

A day before the scheduled meeting in Kuwait on Wednesday between Kuwaiti Emir Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, and Qatar’s Emir Shaikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, political analysts and media editorials expressed scepticism over Doha’s intention to respect its pledges in any possible agreement.

Qatar, they added, has broken its commitments in the August 2014 Riyadh Declaration, which ended then a several weeks of political crisis with the rest of the members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Riyadh Declaration demanded Qatar to stop funding and hosting terrorist organisations. However, leaders of those terrorist organisations are still living there and the funding has been maintained. “Had that funding stopped these groups would have ceased to work,” he said.

By not keeping its promises, and committing itself to the minimum of the 2014 declaration, Doha has lost its credibility, said UAE political scientist Abdul Khaliq Abdullah. Scepticism over the success of the Kuwaiti mediation was also reflected in several Saudi press commentaries.

 

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