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article imageWhy the Gulf states recalled their ambassadors from Qatar

By Paul Iddon     Mar 5, 2014 in Politics
The ambassadors of Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have withdrawn their respective ambassadors against Qatar alleging that country of interfering in their internal affairs.
Reuters writes in its report that this is an unprecedented rift in relations between the Arab allies on the west of the Persian Gulf.
CNN reminds us that the countries (all members of the Gulf Cooperation Council) had signed a deal on November 23 stipulating their "commitment to the principles that ensure non-interference in the internal affairs of any of the GCC countries, either directly or indirectly, and not to support any activity that would threaten the security and stability of any of the GCC countries from organizations or individuals, including support for hostile media."
Saudi Arabia has said it would seek to continue to put pressure on Qatar through isolation until the government in Doha shifted its policies. Reuters quoted a source saying that, "They [Qatar] have to divert their position on many issues and we are waiting for real signs of this, not just talk."
The Saudi Foreign Ministry Facebook page also issued the following statement,
"Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain hoped that the agreement will be implemented, however, after more than three months after the signing of the agreement, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain feel that the State of Qatar did not take the necessary actions to put it into practice.
Therefore Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain regret to announce that they will take what they deem to be the appropriate steps to protect the security and stability of their nations by withdrawing their ambassadors from Qatar."
BBC also reported that Qatar was disappointed by its regional allies move but said it would not withdraw its ambassadors to those respective countries in return. Instead the emirate declared that it will continually opt to "preserve and protect the security and stability" of the GCC states.
Aside from Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar itself Kuwait and Oman are also members of that gulf union.
Qatar was a close supporter of the ousted Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood President Mohammed Morsi it has provided diplomatic and financial support to that organization -- it denounced the ousting of Morsi in July 2013. Saudi Arabia and the UAE on the other hand have banned that organization.
Qatar has supported elements in Egypt and Syria that are opposed to the Saudi Arabian regime. It also backed the Libyan rebels that overthrew the Gaddafi regime in 2011. The Doha monarchy says it supports Arabs who are being oppressed. It also says the present withdrawal of ambassadors "had nothing to do with the interests, security and stability of GCC peoples but rather a difference in position on issues external to the Gulf Cooperation Council."
That statement seems to be an allusion to the differences in policy Qatar has had and continues to have on issues beyond the frontiers of the six GGC states.
Furthermore Al-Jazeera, the media network based in Qatar have been critical of the actions of the GCC member state Bahrain for the regimes brutal repression of the Shiite majority there. Also Al-Jazeera journalists in Egypt are on trial having been accused of being supportive of terrorists.
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