The decision to welcome Qatar back into the fold of Gulf nations after a three-and-a-half-year blockade could lead to a stronger resolve against Iran, experts say.
“These are the main players in the region – so moving from a hostile to a working relationship is good for the stability of the region,” former Texas Republican Ted Poe, who served on the board, told Fox News. committee on foreign affairs. “As allies of the United States, their collective cooperation makes it easier for the United States to pursue its interests in the region. Now that they are cooperating, to a greater extent, it makes the US interest more achievable. “
For Washington, the main problem on this list is the growing threat from Iran. A united GCC, the organization of the Cooperation Council of the Gulf of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar … as well as Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, can now coordinate and cooperate for better face threats from Tehran.
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The group had made 13 demands on Qatar to end the blockade, ranging from shutting down the Qatar-based and funded Al Jazeera network to Doha’s demand to completely isolate Iran. He opposed Qatar’s continued support for the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist groups.
In the end, Qatar did not have to comply with any of the requests. It also appears that the next Biden administration taking the reins of U.S. foreign policy could have played a role in speeding up a resolution as well. Stemming Iran’s nuclear program, which appears to be progressing, with Tehran’s announcement to increase its uranium enrichment to 20%, is a worrying development in Washington and the region. Some say a united Gulf front has now inflicted yet another strategic defeat on the ailing Iranian regime.
“Iran exited the GCC deal in the short term,” wrote Al-Monitor’s Andrew Parasiliti. “The incoming Biden administration is in a better position to deter, confront and engage Iran because of this; now there is one less thing to do, one more thing to lean on … the only one on the outside looking inward is Iran, and it is as expected, and to the advantage by Biden. ”
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Poe agrees, but also says that Biden’s foreign policy team should continue on the path set by the Trump administration. This policy helped secure Israel’s historic recognition by four Arab countries: the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan.
“The new administration should continue on the same path. The mutual recognition of Israel with several countries is a big step forward. Reports that some countries, like Qatar, which have not recognized Israel, are contributing to Israel’s security by ensuring that there are no attacks. on Israel, is also encouraging. ”