The lifting of sanctions against qatar that have been in place since mid-2017 will bring stability to the region and the world, thinks an American advisor close to the ruling elite in several Gulf states. But additional deals with Israel will only be possible if the plight of the Palestinians is addressed.
Leaders of all Gulf states met on Tuesday in the Saudi capital Riyadh for the first time in almost four years, effectively ending their feud with qatar and lifting their boycott of the tiny, prosperous Arab nation.
Later on, it was announced that Egypt has also signed its agreement with Doha, putting an end to the crisis between the states.
Divided We Stand
In 2017, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain severed their relations with Doha, cutting off trade and business ties and shutting down borders and air travel between the countries.
Back then, the quartet accused Qatar of giving too much support for Iran, the Gulf states’ main rival in the region, and of backing terrorist organisations such as the Muslim Brotherhood movement and Hamas, allegations that Doha has repeatedly denied.
That boycott has had a negative impact on the gas-rich nation. Entire families have been split, relatives were not allowed to visit each other, the international standing of Qatar has been damaged, and its economy shrank, with the rating agency Standard and Poor’s giving it a negative outlook in 2017.
Now, however, after the sides decided to put differences aside,…