Doha has relied on allying with Iran and Turkey and putting pressure on the anti-terror quartet in the international arena to survive. This obstinacy culminated in restoring full diplomatic relations with Iran last month, exposing Qatar’s true face and its links to terrorism. Observers and analysts say Qatari moves have thwarted all diplomatic attempts to resolve the crisis — an indication that it intends to continue its policy aimed at destabilising security of the region.Doha has relied on allying with Iran and Turkey and putting pressure on the anti-terror quartet in order to survive.
On June 5, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt severed ties with Qatar accusing it of failing to fulfil previous pledges to clamp down on terrorist financing and stop its meddling in the affairs of regional states. Doha’s refusal to meet the demands of the Quartet has burnt bridges and deepened the crisis — entering its fourth month on Monday — and undermined the Kuwait-led mediation.
According to experts, Qatar is not expected to break up its relationship with Iran, even if a deal is reached with the Arab Quartet. They also warn that Qatar and the other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries could part ways if Doha insists on engaging in political adolescence instead of addressing the concerns raised by its fellow GCC members.