The ongoing rift between Qatar and its neighboring gulf states — the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, the Maldives, Egypt and Bahrain — was blamed on a possible hack from Vladimir Putin’s government but while Russia denied those allegations, Donald Trump takes center stage for inciting a campaign against the tiny landlocked emirate.
Image shows Donald Trump on his maiden foreign trips around the Middle East.
Although the US president has called for unity among the warring countries, there are speculations that Saudi has a well-laid plan to invade Qatar.
Analysts believe this looming military invasion was concluded prior to the sanctions which were announced on Monday, and American president Donald Trump seem to have been a part of the plot.
Following the stiff measures from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, and other Middle East countries, Mr Trump expressed his opinion through a Twitter post on Tuesday.
The 70-year-old expressed joy that his recent trip to the Middle East is already bearing fruits, citing an anti-Islamic speech he presented in Saudi Arabia as the inspiration behind these recent troubles.
“So good to see the Saudi Arabia visit with the King and 50 countries already paying off,” reads the Twitter post.
“They said they would take a hard line on funding extremism, and all reference was pointing to Qatar. Perhaps this will be the beginning of the end to the horror of terrorism!”
The unified effort against America’s strong ally comes from that backdrop that Qatar has links with Hamas and is secretly sponsoring an Iran-led terrorist organization, the Muslim Brotherhood. This is expected to serve as an adequate justification for its invasion.
Mr. President’s action comes as a surprise considering the fact that Qatar, a tiny Gulf state, harbors America’s largest air base in the region.
About 8,000 US military personnel are stationed at the location in al Udeid, from where ground strikes against ISIS are staged.
Qatar has denied any involvement with terrorist organizations.
Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan said in a statement that he knows Qatar’s leaders like the back of his hand, adding that he’d be the first president to take actions against the oil-rich country if those accusations were true.
“Let me say at the outset that we do not think the sanctions against Qatar are good, the Turkish president said. “Turkey will continue and will develop our ties with Qatar, as with all our friends who have supported us in the most difficult moments.
“Presenting Qatar as a supporter of terrorism is a serious accusation,” he added.
“I know Qatari leaders very well and if that had been the case, I would have been the first head of state to confront them.”
US officials denied the allegation that Trump’s government knew about the sanctions against Qatar long before they were announced.
“The United States was not informed of the decision until just before it was announced,” the State Department said.
An official with the US government also clarified Trump’s Twitter message, saying it was meant to encourage peace in the region and forge a unified action against terrorism — not intended as a direct attack against its good ally Qatar.
“His (Trump’s) message was that we need unity in the region to fight extremist ideology and terrorist financing,” the official told Reuters. “It’s important that the Gulf be united for peace and security in the region.”
The US President has reportedly spoken on the phone with Saudi King Salman and advised for a peaceful solution to the diplomatic crisis.
Trump’s earlier tweet was heavily criticized by political analysts who think that peace between Saudi and Qatar should remain a priority considering that the latter is an invaluable asset to the US military.
As the mediator between Saudi Arabia and Qatar, Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber al-Sabah has reportedly visited Saudi king Salman bin Abdulaziz for important talks on a peaceful resolution to the regional problem.
Despite the statements from US officials and Kuwait’s big brother role, there are wide speculations that Saudi Arabia has a plot to invade Qatar.
The war theory was backed by Ali al-Ahmed, who works at the Institute for Gulf Affairs as its founder and director.
Ali hinted that the all-out attack may happen sooner than anyone expects.
In his discussion with Sputnik, Ali said: “I project the invasion of Qatar… I have received reports of Saudi military movements near the Qatari border.
“The Saudis: They are preparing.”
He cited a proof of his claims, saying: “Check on the frequency of bombings in Yemen… A key sign will be if there is a cessation or major reduction in the number of Saudi air strikes being conducted against the rebel forces in Yemen. That would indicate the Saudis are massing their forces for a sudden move against Qatar instead.
“The Saudis are very angry with the Qataris… The Saudis won’t ever let Yemen have its independence… Bahrain hates Qatar,”
“The Saudis have two goals: First, to get Qatar into a subservient relationship that is comparable to slave labor. There are to be no half measures. Second, the Saudis are eyeing the massive Qatari reserves of cash. They want it.”
Are the Saudi’s really in a desperate need for cash, and will they shed blood to acquire Qatar’s oil reserves? And what’s Russia’s role in the diplomatic crisis?