Qatar has been playing a strategy of solid public relation based investments, in the order, it looks like everything is good and noble in its way of governance. For this, it has made use of ex-employees and lobbyists in the UK and the USA and made its presence felt.
Qatar hired the former attorney general John Ashcroft’s lobbying firm to access the White House and has also reportedly reached out to 250 individuals, who could have an effect on Trump’s decision-making process. The result went in favor of Qatar.
Small But Not Insignificant
There is an ego tussle for Doha against its middle eastern counterparts. It has refused to be ignored as a very small insignificant nation. Precisely, this is the psychology behind Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani’s portrayal of Qatar as a humanitarian and peace-loving middle eastern country while at home Doha has continued to mistreat migrant workers. There are umpteen reports on this filed by the United Nations and independent investigative media agencies.
But all this has not prevented Qatar from finding a mention amongst big wig economies like Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Bahrain, the Arab quartet that issued an embargo on Qatar in 2015 under its suspected connections with terrorist group fundings and Iran.
Relations With Arch Enemies
Iran has been looked at as a big threat to not only America but to the sovereignty of the Kingdom (Saudi Arabia) and the UAE as well. Most EU nations are also aware of its growing power due to heavy reserves of uranium which gives Iran an edge over the rest of the world.
But Qatar has played its cards so well, that it has buttered its toasts both sides and kept good working relations with both Iran and the USA- arch-rivals in the recent past, over tension building over the 2015 Nuclear Deal falling apart.
With effective public relations and pro lobbying, Qatar has shown cash power as well. In his recent visit to the White House, Emir disclosed in front of a massive media audience how his country had already purchased Boeing commercial aircraft and was of the mind of buy other equipment from leading US companies.
The country’s flagship carrier, Qatar Airways, has recently purchased Boeing commercial aircraft. Qatar had further shown interest in procuring Raytheon’s Patriot and NASAM air defense systems from the US.
On the side of the Trump administration, they are increasingly worried that Qatar might drift into Iran’s political and economic orbit. No wonder, Trump has done a turnaround and worked to mend ties among its Arab allies, while Qatar has accelerated its military buildup and shored up its ties to the U.S.
For Iran, Qatar has a soft corner, which helps it rub the Arab quartet in the wrong way. Doha looked wise and humanitarian again when it made a public statement (this time against Washington)siding with Tehran when it said that Washington’s decision to block all exports of Iranian oil was not right and that unilateral sanctions were unwise because they hurt the countries that rely on the supplies. Qatar is in a position to make such a statement because as a natural gas-rich nation, it does not depend on oil.
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