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Qatar Cannot Be Trusted as A True Ally for US-Iran Mediation

Qatar’s attempts to mediate between the US and Iran is a complete eyewash and should be looked at exactly like that. While on the surface, it looks like a small Gulf country trying its best to act as a peacemaker, in reality; it is only serving the former’s ulterior motive.

Media continues to highlight Qatar’s dubious track record. As the UAE Summit was recently concluded, Bahrain has pointed out on Qatar’s ambivalence to the local population’s thoughts on strained relations with four other Arab countries. “The Emir seems to be least bothered about the implied issues due to strained relations with other Arab countries. It continues to thicken its ties with terrorist groups.”

Doha has been getting the flag from America as well. Its repeated acts to fund terrorist organizations and providing Hamas with over $1.1 billion between 2012 and 201, has been severely criticized. Besides, Qatar has been known to strengthen ties with Hezbollah and in Lebanon and partnered with terrorists like ISIS and Jabhat Al Nusra in Syria. With such a background, the nation does not seem to be having peace talks at its agenda, when it continues to act as a mediator between the US and Iran.

Ironically, Hamas and Iran continue to enjoy a close relationship, to the benefit of Qatar. Also, Qatar owns its allegiance to Iran and has funded $ 425 million to its militias. The presence of Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar is dangerous to the US, because the military information of US forces is transferred to Iran.

Given these circumstances, Qatar doesn’t appear to be an appropriate mediator for such sensitive disputes as between the US and Iran. Qatar has continued to play games and cannot therefore ever be trusted as a true ally.

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