The decision to welcome Qatar again against the backdrop of the Gulf countries after a three-and-a-half-year blockade could lead to stronger determination against Iran, experts say.
“These are key players in the region – so the shift from hostile to working relations is good for the stability of the region,” former Texas Republican Ted Poe, who served on the foreign affairs committee, told Fox News. “As allies of the United States, their collective cooperation allows the United States to pursue its interests in the region more easily. Now that they are cooperating, this makes the interests of the United States more achievable.”
For Washington, the most important issue on this list is the growing threat from Iran. The United GCC, the organization of the Gulf Cooperation Council from Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar … together with Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt, can now coordinate and cooperate to better deal with Tehran̵
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The group has made 13 demands to Qatar to end the blockade, from a halt to Qatar-based Al Jazeera to Doha’s request 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 agree to any of the demands. It also seems that the upcoming Biden administration, which is taking the reins of US foreign policy, could also play a role in speeding up the resolution. Anticipating Iran’s nuclear program, which appears to be advancing, with Tehran announcing it will increase uranium enrichment to 20 percent, is a worrying development in both Washington and the region. Some say the united Gulf front has now inflicted another strategic defeat on the troubled Iranian regime.
“Iran came out at the short end of the GCC deal,” wrote Andrew Parasiliti of Al-Monitor. “Biden’s incoming administration is in a better position to deter, confront and engage Iran because of it; now there is one more thing that needs to be done, another thing to build on … the only one looking outside is Iran, and that is for Biden’s purpose and benefit. “
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Poe agrees, but also says Biden’s foreign policy team must continue on the path set by the Trump administration. This policy has contributed to the historic recognition of Israel by four Arab states: the UAE, Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan.
“The new administration must continue on the same path. Mutual recognition of Israel with several countries is a big step forward. Reports that some countries, such as Qatar, which have not recognized Israel, are helping Israeli security by making sure there are no attacks on Israel is also encouraging. “