Beirut. What is the real reason for the presence of the Emir of Qatar at the economic summit of the Arab League: to defend the axis of the Resistance or enter the game of Syrian reconstruction through the Beirut gate.
Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the emir of Qatar, traveled to Beirut today, unlike other leaders of Arab countries such as Saudi Arabia, who refused to participate in the economic summit of the Arab League.
He arrived on Sunday at the Beirut airport, where he was greeted by the Lebanese President himself.
The Emir of Qatar traveled to Beirut to attend the 4th Arab Summit on Economic and Social Development, a forum that the media said was deserted by leaders of the following countries: Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait , Bahrain and Oman. And until Sunday morning, only the Mauritanian president, Mohamed Ould Abdul Aziz, was apparently in Beirut.
On Saturday, Qatari media spoke of a phone interview with the emir of Qatar with Michel Aoun, adding that he had insisted on the presence of his guest at today’s summit in Beirut.
The Emir of Qatar did not attend last month’s 39th summit of the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (CCGP) in Riyadh, which he just sent Ahmed al-Ramihi, director of the communication department of the Ministry Foreign Affairs. This absence, despite the fact that CCGP Secretary-General Abdul Latif al-Zayani formally invited Doha to participate in the summit during a two-day visit to the city, testifies to the fact that the Emir to signal his disagreement to the Saudi leaders.
Qatar’s relations with several Arab countries are in crisis. It has been 18 months since Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt broke their ties with this country on the grounds that it supports terrorism, asking it to reduce its diplomatic relations with Iran, shut down its Al-Jazeera chain and stop supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas.
Mohammed Hamed, an Egyptian researcher in the field of international relations, analyzed for Sputnik the personal presence of the Emir of Qatar at the economic summit of Beirut: “The participation of the Qatari emir testifies to the continuation of the new policy of this country, based on tensions with Saudi Arabia and support for the Iranian axis against the Saudis. ”
Mohammed Hamed said that the formation of an assembly with a majority of pro-Iranian members is a goal that most Arab heads of state oppose, including those in the Persian Gulf region. It was therefore clear from the start that participation in this summit of Arab leaders, with the exception of the Qatari Emir, was impossible.
Hamid added: “Despite the absence of Arab leaders, the Qatari Emir will not miss an opportunity to express support for Iran and the role of Iran in the region. ”
One of the other reasons given for the Emir’s participation in the Beirut summit would be an attempt to involve Qatar in the process of rebuilding Syria, an entry that could be facilitated by Lebanese “accreditation”. .
The Russian channel RT also described the presence of the Qatari emir at the Beirut Summit as a “golden opportunity”, adding that it will be necessary to wait for the Arab countries to react to this presence and the decisions that will be taken at this meeting. .
It is nevertheless necessary to recall the Saudi-Qatari disagreements which are not ready to be settled:
Despite efforts by the Kuwaiti emir and Washington to resolve disputes between the two countries, Kuwaiti Deputy Foreign Minister Khalid al-Jarullah said the differences remain. A week earlier, Anthony Zaini, head of the US State Department for the resolution of the Qatari conflict, resigned.
The Lebanese newspaper Al-Jumhuriat cited sources that the Lebanese presidency would be very unhappy with the fact that other Arab leaders are not attending the summit.
Some media also reported that among the leaders of the 22 Arab countries, only those from three countries (Somalia, Mauritania and Qatar) are attending the summit.