President Donald Trump is extremely pleased by Saudi Arabia’s decision to cut their diplomatic ties with Qatar due to the suspicion of supporting terrorism.
In light of recent terrorist attacks in Manchester and on London Bridge, there are many countries that are coming together to put an end to the terrorism. On June 5, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Bahrain made an announcement that they all are terminating their ties with Qatar. After these reports surfaced, Yemen and Libya also followed these countries to sever their ties with Qatar.
Earlier today, Trump tweeted that his first foreign trip as a president was successful. In his tweet, he praised Saudi Arabia for making the bold decision.
“So good to see the Saudi Arabia visit with the King and 50 countries already paying off. They said they would take a hard line on funding extremism, and all reference was pointing to Qatar. Perhaps this will be the beginning of the end to the horror of terrorism!” Mr. Trump said in continuous tweets.
The Qatari government has no immediate response to President Donald Trump’s series of tweets.
According to Al Jazeera, the recent tweets by Donald Trump only complicates the effort to diffuse the situation.
During my recent trip to the Middle East I stated that there can no longer be funding of Radical Ideology. Leaders pointed to Qatar - look!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 6, 2017
So good to see the Saudi Arabia visit with the King and 50 countries already paying off. They said they would take a hard line on funding...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 6, 2017
...extremism, and all reference was pointing to Qatar. Perhaps this will be the beginning of the end to the horror of terrorism!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 6, 2017
“This is not just a tweet. It could signal a US foreign policy shift towards a Gulf ally, which hosts the largest American base in the Middle East,” said Al Jazeera’s Patty Culhane. “I can tell you from the defense department perspective, from the Secretary of State perspective, they don’t want this [dispute] to continue.”
“Just because the president tweets something it does not mean that it is changing the foreign policy. That may sound strange but that’s where we at in this new era of social media.”
The Saudi Press Agency (SPA) stated that the nations made the move because, according to recent reports from intelligence, they believe that Qatar has been supporting Iranian-backed terrorist groups that are based in Eastern part of Qatif.
The SPA cited officials as saying that the decision was made to “protect its national security from the dangers of terrorism and extremism.”
In their statement, Bahrain cited Qatar’s “media incitement, support for armed terrorist activities and funding linked to Iranian groups to carry out sabotage and spreading chaos in Bahrain.”
In addition to this, Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said there was “a need for transparent dialogue and diplomacy,” adding, “No country in the region will benefit from the heightened tension.”
During President Trump’s visit to Riyadh two weeks ago, he urged Muslim-majority countries to take the lead in combating radicalization and blamed Iran for the constant instability in the Middle East.
“It seems that the Saudis and Emiratis feel emboldened by the alignment of their regional interests – toward Iran and Islamism – with the Trump administration,” Gulf analyst Kristian Ulrichsen told the Reuters news agency. “[They] have decided to deal with Qatar’s alternative approach on the assumption that they will have the [Trump] administration’s backing.
Meanwhile, Qatar responded by saying that the decision of its allies to sever their diplomatic ties had no basis and was unjustified.
“The State of Qatar has been subjected to a campaign of lies that have reached the point of complete fabrication,” a statement said. “It reveals a hidden plan to undermine the State of Qatar.”
At the same time, Qatar’s foreign ministry responded by saying that the decision of their Gulf neighbors would “not affect the normal lives of citizens and residents.”
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