UAE: Emir’s ab­sence shows Qatari ar­ro­gance

Marginal­i­sa­tion to per­sist as Doha re­fuses to ac­cept 13 de­mands by Arab Quar­tet, Gar­gash says

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The no-show by the Emir of Qatar at the 29th Arab sum­mit held in Dhahran on Sun­day is an ob­vi­ous case of ar­ro­gance, a UAE se­nior of­fi­cial has said.

“The ab­sence of the Emir of Qatar from the Dhahran Sum­mit is a nat­u­ral and de­plorable re­sult of the pol­icy of ar­ro­gance adopted by Doha since the start of its cri­sis,” UAE State Min­is­ter for For­eign Af­fairs An­war Gar­gash posted on his Twit­ter ac­count.

“The lack of wis­dom and the sub­se­quent iso­la­tion and marginal­i­sa­tion con­tinue and they can­not be com­pen­sated by me­dia and pub­lic re­la­tions com­pa­nies or by bought loy­alty,” he said, re­fer­ring to the ex­pen­sive charm of­fen­sives mounted by in­ter­na­tional com­pa­nies to pro­mote Qatar’s views world­wide, but with no ef­fect on the cri­sis.

Stand-in for emir

The Qatari del­e­ga­tion was headed by Doha’s per­ma­nent rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the Arab League, Saif Bin Muqad­dam Al Buainain.

The of­fi­cial news agency did not pro­vide de­tails about the ab­sence of the Emir Shaikh Tamim Bin Ha­mad Al Thani.

Most of the other coun­tries at the Jerusalem Sum­mit were rep­re­sented by heads of state or gov­ern­ment and the Qatar cri­sis had been ruled out of the dis­cus­sions.

On Fri­day, Shaikh Khalid Bin Ah­mad Al Khal­ifa, Bahrain’s for­eign min­is­ter, lashed out at Qatar, say­ing that its stances against the Arab Sum­mit and its po­si­tion against Saudi King Sal­man Bin Ab­dul Aziz meant that it had no role to play in such pan-Arab gath­er­ings.

Most of the other coun­tries at the Jerusalem Sum­mit were rep­re­sented by heads of state or gov­ern­ment, and the Qatar cri­sis had been ruled out of the dis­cus­sions.

‘No role for Qatar’

“Qatar’s me­dia at­tacks on the Dhahran sum­mit and its on­go­ing abuses of the Cus­to­dian of the Two Holy Mosques con­firm that Qatar has no place and no role in the sum­mit and its rep­re­sen­ta­tion in any way does not serve Arab na­tional se­cu­rity,” he posted on his Twit­ter ac­count.

“Only those who sell them­selves to the en­e­mies very cheaply would at­tack the sum­mit,” Shaikh Khalid told his fol­low­ers on the mi­croblog.

Bahrain, Saudi Ara­bia, the UAE and Egypt on June 5 sev­ered their diplo­matic, com­mer­cial and travel re­la­tions with fel­low Arab League mem­ber Qatar af­ter they ac­cused it of sup­port­ing ex­trem­ists and fund­ing ter­ror­ism. Qatar de­nied the charges and dis­missed a list of 13 de­mands is­sued by the Quar­tet.

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