Gulf States’ Move To Withdraw Envoys From Qatar Hailed

Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, attends the Gulf Cooperation Council summit in Kuwait City, on December 10, 2013. AFP file.
Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, attends the Gulf Cooperation Council summit in Kuwait City, on December 10, 2013. AFP file.

ABU DHABI, Mar 7 – When situations call for remedial action, it is better to act, however distressing the decisions may be. That is precisely what the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain have done by withdrawing ambassadors from Qatar.

“The reason is amply clear: Doha’s failure to meet the obligations stipulated in a security pact. All that the three countries wanted was for Qatar to take immediate steps to fulfill the joint security agreement signed in Riyadh on Nov.23, 2013, by the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) countries,” observes English language local daily, The Gulf Today, in its editorial on Friday.

It added that the three countries exerted great efforts to communicate with Qatar at all levels in order to agree on an approach ensuring moving within the framework of a unified policy for the GCC countries based on the principles set forth in the basic system of the Council.

As per the agreement, the paper continued, all member states are required to abide by the principles that “there should be no direct or indirect meddling in regional affairs, or backing of any party that threatens regional security and stability, whether they are organisations or individuals, and whether that meddling was through direct security operations or through attempts for political influence and also not to support hostile media.” In the light of passage of more than three months since the signing of the agreement without Qatar taking the necessary measures, a high-level meeting held in Kuwait on Feb.17, 2014 decided that GCC Foreign Ministers develop a mechanism to monitor the implementation of the Riyadh agreement.

A meeting of GCC Foreign Ministers in Riyadh on March 4, 2014 again made attempts to convince Qatar of the importance of taking the necessary measures to put the agreement into effect.

“After all the efforts failed to bear fruit, the three countries decided to take the painful step of withdrawing ambassadors from Qatar,” the paper said.

It underlined that there is no need for despair. The three countries have confirmed their commitment to the interests of all the peoples of the GCC countries, including the brotherly people of Qatar.

Just like between individuals, countries too can have disagreements on certain issues. But wise leadership and sensible response help resolve such matters amicably. One cannot ignore the fact that the people of the region share cultural and historical bonds that have kept them together for generations. In the own wise words of UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, “The Arab nation is a great nation and will remain stable as its roots are solid.” — WAM


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