Gulf crisis :Saudi’s move to curtail Iran’s influence in the Middle East

Salman bin Abdulaziz

With an aim to establish Sunni dominated regional order ,the Gulf crisis was initiated by Saudi Arabia and subsequently followed by Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen, and the UAE to cut diplomatic ties with Qatar.

Saudi Kingdom took this strategic step after U.S. President Donald Trump visited Riyadh  and assured Sunni nations Washingston’s  support as Riyadh cited concerns for terrorism -an issue which the international community has been grappling for years and is yearning to eliminate this menace.This is actually a battle between Shiite Iran and Sunni – bloc led by Saudi for seizing the leadership role in the Middle East and North AFrica.
Qatar is the world’s largest LNG exporter, and an attempt by Arab countries to isolate it over accusations of attempts to destabilize the region by supporting terrorism .

It is pertinent to mention that both Saudi and Qatar are autocratic monarcies  and observe  different types of Wahhabism .UAE though adhereing to Wahabism is against Saudi style of supporting civil wars that will destroy its business .
Giving a filip to Saudi’s interest,U.S. President Donald Trump accused Qatar of ‘sponsoring terrorism at a very high level’and said it’s time that Qatar should stop funding terrorism, even as US Cabinet officials and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said blockade  by Gulf nations is hurting the campaign against ISIS.

Meanwhile ,Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has promised to continue support to Qatar amid a diplomatic row engulfing the Gulf state.

“Now, there are ones who are bothered because of us being together with our Qatari brothers or sending and exporting food supplies, drugs etc – no matter if they are in hunger or thirst – should excuse us. We will continue to give all our support to Qatar,” Russian Today quoted Recep Tayyip Erdogan  saying at an iftar  with members of his Justice and Development (AK) Party in Istanbul.

Erdogan said he had never witnessed Doha supporting terrorism, adding Turkey “will continue to give all kinds of support to Qatar”.

Erdogan has called for dialogue and negotiation among members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to ease the unprecedented diplomatic crisis that has erupted after Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt severed diplomatic ties and traffic links with resource-rich emirate, accusing Doha of sponsoring and funding terrorist organizations.

Turkish parliament has thus  passed legislation on Wednesday permitting the deployment of troops to a Turkish military base in Qatar. Ankara will also train the Qatari police force.Russia and Kuwait  are making efforts to try to resolve the escalating crisis between Qatar and several Arab countries.

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