Rifts Widening Among Enemy of Islam Saud, Allies over Qatar
Al-Rai al-Youm newspaper reported that after the recent crisis between Qatar and the Persian Gulf Arab littoral states and their demands from Doha, Jordan informed Qatar that the list of the terrorist groups presented by Saudi Arabia and its allies that also includes Ikhwan al-Muslimoun (Muslim Brotherhood) is not at all endorsed by Amman.
Informed sources told the Arab daily that Jordan is opposed to other Arab countries’ positions against Hamas and Ikhwan al-Muslimoun as members of Ikhwan are lawmakers at the Jordanian parliament.
Jordan has underlined that it would never agree to endorse the list of terrorist groups released by certain Arab countries.
A prominent Arab analyst said earlier this month that Qatar’s support for Ikhwan al-Muslimin is not the main reason for certain Arab countries’ pressures and boycotts but Doha’s refusal to bow to the US demand for money is the real cause.
“There is no doubt that the fire of crisis between Qatar and Saudi Arabia flared after US President Donald Trump’s visit to Riyadh,” Hoda Jannat wrote in Tunis al-Aan news website.
Before visiting Riyadh, Trump had called on Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar to collect nearly $1.5 trillion before he leaves the Arab country to be able to quiet his critics in the US, the analyst wrote.
Most of the Arab regional countries had agreed to pay this money to protect their monarchies but Qatar retreated from its promise suddenly and infuriated the Saudi and UAE leaders, Jannat concluded.
Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt cut off diplomatic ties with Qatar earlier this month, and suspended air and sea communication one week after the Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh.
Later, Libya and Maldives joined that list of nation to break off diplomatic relations with Doha. Jordan also announced Wednesday that Amman has decided to reduce its diplomatic status after studying reasons behind the tension between Cairo, Riyadh, Abu Dhabi and Manama with Qatar.
After his visit to Riyadh, Trump accused Qatar of being involved with radicalism and supporting terrorism and backed Saudi Arabia in its new campaign project against Doha.