Daniel Halliday
Jan 12 · Last update 4 days ago.
Why is the Qatari blockade failing?
Over a year after the economic blockade imposed on Qatar, the country has still ignored the Saudi/UAE demands of reducing relations with Iran, reducing military coordination with Turkey and a shutdown of Al-Jazeera. Meanwhile Qatar seems relatively unaffected by the severing of diplomatic relations and the blocking of air and sea trade routes to the country, despite the majority of Qatar’s neighbouring countries and many other nations loyal to Saudi-Arabia joining in on this diplomatic crisis. What has Qatar done to render this blockade a failure?
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“The pot calling the kettle black”

Saudi Arabia and Qatar are both widely accused of funding terrorism, so claiming this as the reason for the blockade immediately undermined the reasoning for the blockade, making it seem more like regional bullying that a fair foreign policy or an effort to fight terrorism. With Qatar worrying about a Saudi invasion and Saudi Arabia worrying about a country that was formally under their rule becoming the most powerful nation of the region politically, as well as economically, this situation has reached a stalemate. This is obviously a regional power struggle following a spike in Qatari riches and the anxiety surrounding the new power that has been put in Qatar’s hands, this is not a genuine concern over Qatar’s funding of terrorism, and the blockade has failed as it is based on a lie.

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As Saudi Arabia’s suspect reasoning for the blockade around Qatar is probably more about regional power than fighting terrorism (seen as though Saudi Arabia has been widely accused of this also) Qatar has held out and strengthened relations with Iran and Turkey instead. As the richest nation in the world and such a massive international supplier of liquefied natural gas Qatar has been able to economically adapt and avoid the intended economically difficulties of such a blockade. Furthermore this has also made Qatar an important trade partner with many powerful allies internationally that will not jeopardise their imports of this important resource to take sides in a regional power struggle, Oman and Kuwait have likewise refused to support the blockade.

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