US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that his country wants an end to the Saudi coalition blockade of Qatar. This is needed to counter Iran’s influence in the Middle East. As a result, the Trump administration is very interested in it. He made the remarks on Monday after a meeting with Qatar’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani. The Middle East Monitor stated this in a report.
The US Secretary of State said that a solution to the dispute between the Gulf countries should be found to counter Iran’s increasing interference.
He said that the Trump administration wants to end Qatar’s dispute with the Saudi alliance. Revisit the sky and land boundaries of Qatar; Which is currently under siege by Saudi alliance. I will look into resolving this issue.
Earlier last week, Washington indicated that the Saudi coalition’s three-year blockade against Qatar was coming to an end. There are rumors that the blockade may end in a few weeks. A senior State Department official said that talks had progressed. Flexibility has been seen between the parties concerned.
David Schenker, the Trump administration’s top diplomat for the Middle East, said that there has been no fundamental change in the negotiations so that a quick resolution can be reached.
David Schenker spoke on the issue while attending a virtual event at the Brookings Institution in Washington. “I don’t want to go into full diplomatic discussion,” he said. However, there is some progress. I think it may take a few weeks to lift the blockade.
The US has long sought to form a united front against Saudi Arabia’s regional rival, Iran, to influence Middle East politics. However, the Saudi coalition’s anti-Qatar blockade thwarted that effort. Instead of forming an alliance against Tehran, Riyadh became embroiled in a conflict with an influential ally like Doha. In such a situation, the United States and Kuwait took the initiative to mediate against Qatar to remove the blockade of the Saudi alliance. The arbitration is apparently being successful.
Washington feels that Iran will benefit from the conflict between its allies in the region. As a result, the Trump administration wants to put its allies on the same anti-Iranian platform at any cost.
David Schenker said that there had been no fundamental change yet. But the United States continues to try. In this regard, we have seen some flexibility from the parties concerned. As a result, we hope to be able to bring the two sides together and end this conflict.
David Shenker said that US President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo were also involved in the US diplomatic initiative.
Trump, known as a close to the Saudi-UAE-Israel belt, initially took a stand against Qatar. However, in the end he moved away from that position, looking at the strategic aspect. Qatar is home to the largest US military base in the Middle East. The base, called Al Uday, is of particular importance to Washington.
On 5 June 2016, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt severed ties with Qatar over allegations of alleged terrorism support. However, Qatar has denied the allegations of the Saudi alliance. Instead, Qatar’s foreign minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdurrahman Ali Sani, called the blockade a declaration of bloodless war. In his words, several Arab countries led by Saudi Arabia have declared war on Doha.
Later, the Saudi coalition called for 13 points to lift the blockade. Notable among these were the closure of Al Jazeera television, the withdrawal of Turkish military bases from Qatar, and the break-up of relations with the Muslim Brotherhood. However, Qatar leaned more towards Riyadh’s regional rivals Turkey and Iran, rejecting the Saudi coalition’s claim. The Trump administration is trying to end the blockade by forming this anti-Iranian coalition. Source: Al Jazeera