Arab States "Unprecedentedly" Withdraw Ambassadors From Qatar After "Stormy" Meeting

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The UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain said on Wednesday they were withdrawing their ambassadors from Qatar after it had not implemented an agreement among Gulf Arab countries not to interfere in each others' internal affairs. The move, unprecedented in the 30-year history of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), follows the Bahrain state minister for information Samira Rajab saying she has evidence of Qatari media provocation against her country. As Gulf News reports, Qatar has been a maverick in the region, backing Islamist groups in Egypt, Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East that are viewed with suspicion or outright hostility by some fellow GCC members. Not a good sign for the oil-generating center of the world.


Via Gulf News,

The move by the three countries, conveyed in a joint statement, is unprecedented in the three-decade history of the Gulf Cooperation Council, an alliance of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, UAE and Oman.




The statement said GCC members had signed an agreement on November 23 not to back "anyone threatening the security and stability of the GCC whether as groups or individuals - via direct security work or through political influence, and not to support hostile media".


GCC foreign ministers had met in Riyadh on Tuesday to try to persuade Qatar to implement the agreement, it said. Media reports described the meeting as “stormy”.




"But unfortunately, these efforts did not result in Qatar's agreement to abide by these measures, which prompted the three countries to start what they saw as necessary, to protect their security and stability, by withdrawing their ambassadors from Qatar starting from today, March 5 2013," the statement said.




The nations have also asked Qatar "not to support any party aiming to threaten security and stability of any GCC member," it added, citing media campaigns against them in particular.




Media reports have said that Shaikh Tamim was given an ultimatum by Saudi Arabia in the November meeting in Riyadh that was facilitated by the Kuwaiti emir, Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmed. The new emir was told to change Qatar’s ways and bring the country in line with the rest of the GCC with regards to regional issues. The GCC has in particular been concerned about Qatar’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood, its close relations with Turkey, its opposition to the new regime in Egypt and its perceived support for Al Houthi rebels in Yemen.




Relations between Qatar and the UAE have been rocky lately. A top UAE court on Monday sentenced Qatari national Mahmoud Al Jidah to seven years in prison followed by deportation after he was convicted with two Emiratis of raising funds for a banned local Muslim Brotherhood-linked group, Al Islah. The move was criticised by Qatar’s National Human Rights Committee, which is close to the government.




Early in February, in a rare move for Gulf countries, the UAE announced that it had summoned Qatar’s ambassador in Abu Dhabi for remarks made by controversial Egyptian-Qatari cleric Yousef Al Qaradawi. Dr Anwar Mohammad Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, expressed the UAE Government’s “extreme resentment” over Al Qaradawi’s statement. Speaking live on Qatari state TV from a Doha mosque, Al Qaradawi criticised the UAE for supporting the current Egyptian government. He claimed that the UAE “has always been opposed to Islamic rule”.


We have held back so that our neighbour can clearly reject such insult, extend sufficient clarifications and guarantee that such provocation and defamation will not recur,” Gargash said then.




Qatar, which used to enjoy close relations with Hamas, Hezbollah, Iran, Turkey and Bashar Al Assad’s Syria, has in recent years found itself isolated after relations with Hezbollah, Iran and Al Assad deteriorated. The GCC’s decision is expected to further isolate the new emir.

Arab Spring 2.0?

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youngman's picture

Arabs hate it when they get a little wind up their dress

Thought Processor's picture



Trouble in Paradise?



krispkritter's picture

What? Is the whole world PMS'ing?  Have a rum and coke and a smile and STFU!


macholatte's picture


...Qatar has been a maverick in the region, backing Islamist groups in Egypt, Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East...


Wow. Now if that's not a good reason to help Quatar sell gas to the EU I don't know what is.  Why did't we hear about this weeks ago so we could support Barry's fight to kill off more American billions and American troops while he helps Al Queida invade Syria and maybe, just maybe, Soros would buy him another Piece Prize?


groundedkiwi's picture

Get with the programme. Putin has just been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize

Thought Processor's picture



Saudi's must be injecting a lot of water these days.  


The elephant in the room for some time now.

Au Shucks's picture

By this do you mean they have ramped up production, thereby necessitating increased water injection?  Or do you mean their wells are decreasing in production so rapidly that increased water is necessary to pressure the field?  Or do you mean something I'm missing entirely?

Winston Churchill's picture

Never been there ?

The Arab driving position is with one leg out of the window to get the wind

up their skirt.

Landrew's picture

That's the point, many are NOT Arab, very large numbers are Persian.

0b1knob's picture

The world is a powder keg, and Choomboy is like a monkey juggling hand grenades.

Spumoni's picture

How else can one get a blowjob?

Canadian Dirtlump's picture

Generationally useless western stooges with pathologically grandiose senses of entitelement and rampant cases of severe arrested emotional development with a side order of bronze age respect for human rights fighting like spoiled sissies. A bunch of mordant pedophiles.


The real question is if they go to war who is the US going to bomb? All of them I hope. If there were ever places which were in dire need of a little kinetic military action it would be all the names listed in that article.



edit - quatar has a human rights committee? LOL. That's a funny way of spelling organized human trafficing ministry.

Skateboarder's picture

Man, fuck Qatar and its people-trapping schemes.

assistedliving's picture

who's your mayor?  looks like someone was stiffed out of his end of service package. 

i kinda like the option of Al Schmeera on occasion

Mr Pink's picture

Does this mean the US WON'T be invading Syria?

booboo's picture

"We got a bucket of flags here, just tell me which one we should be waving"
Signed: The American States of Sheep

The.Harmless.Who's picture



The gulf elites aren't real arabs to be fair - they are western puppets who deprive the majority of their people any civil life and freedoms.  


In the case of Saudi and Q8 (see what I did there?) - they are old fashioned zionists.


By western puppets, I mean they are told - buy this building in london, buy our toys (guns and big cars), nice oil you have, and oh, we'll protect you from any uprisings by your masses - let me introduce you to our tanks, F-15 to kill your protestors with.  And in case you can't drive or fly the former, we've got the 5th fleet at your door, to you know, "protect you". 


Meanwhile, in the zionist state:


Fuck the zionists, fuck the financial systems they've forced on man kind. 


Greenspan, Bernanke, Yellen, (and soon to be Fischer) - are all gatekeeping confirmed zionist garbage. 




kchrisc's picture

Starting at 16 I began to try to understand European anti-semitism before WWII. In the last few years I have found myself understanding, but in unexpected ways.

The.Harmless.Who's picture




Well, it isn't anti-semitism.  


After all, most true semites are Arabic (be they muslims, christians, or old testament jews).  


The so-called Jews of Europe were not Semites - They are Askanazis - european Khazars, who followed the talmud rather than the bible.


So no anti-semitism, rather anti-Zionism - with good reason. 


Good luck with your "understanding".





kchrisc's picture

Just using the most current term for clarity and to try to stay a bit below the PC-dar.

What I was saying is that I am beginning to understand the suspicion and dislike of Jews, of any variety and persuasion. Even more so against organized hate and theft like Zionism.

The more I look, the more I realize that Jews are capable of many wonderful things, but tend to gravitate over time to graft and violent power, government, to protect that graft.

Just my two 1913 cents.


Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Allow me to differentiate between to flavors of "Zionism":

Flavor A: "Homeland-seeking" type.  The social, cultural and political ambition and plan to regain a "homeland" for Jews, in Palestine.  Most Jews and Israelis fall into this group.

Flavor Z: "Imperial" type.  The social, cultural and political ambition and plan to create a "Greater Israel", which feels only secure when it dominates or rules the entire region -- or the entire world if possible ("God willing").  A subset of activist, extremist, fanatical and relentless people fall into this group.  They will not stop until they've either achieve their goals & objectives, or have been "contained" (stopped?).  They are the exact same type of extremist that brought on the End, when the Romans finally had "enough" and leveled the place in 70 AD, and that led to the great Diaspora of Jews.

Most reasonable people in the world have no problem with the A types, nor should they.  It is the latter, the Z types who are a true menace to the nation state of Israel and the world itself.

IMO, the GREATEST threats to modern peace are the activist, irrational, rabid, fanatical ideological extremists:  be they Christian-Fascists (an oxymoron), Z-Zionists, or Wahhabi Jihadist Muslims.  All three Monotheistic religions share the common core of ABSOLUTISM plus INTOLERANCE that no one else on earth does.  They are scary, "fucked up", and dangerous in the extreme.  IMO, they must be stopped and contained.  Then I'd let them populate some remote island, and have them keep inbreeding until their gene pool is "completely compromised", so to speak.

Andre's picture

Don't forget to throw the far wack atheists in there too. Just as dangerou, just as intolerant - just as wrong.

Spumoni's picture

You left out the Hindu. How else would we know about castes?

kchrisc's picture

Let me sum up my new and growing position in this matter: "'Return,' Leave. Go home."

Meat Hammer's picture

I just invented a new term:

Doom Porn Blue Balls

Canadian Dirtlump's picture

good call, there's an unusually large number of stages set for calamity. IF any of those little fires catch we could be regrettably getting what we wish for.

pods's picture

I think that the world might be in the Vinegar Strokes.


Meat Hammer's picture

Well-played Pods.  I'll leave this here for those who didn't get the reference

shanearthur's picture

I'd say that just about includes everyone now in the statement, "The whole world is going crazy."

_ConanTheLibertarian_'s picture

That does it! World War III Bitchez!


samsara's picture

I have a feeling that we may see the fall of the house of Saud in the next few years.

Winston Churchill's picture

Few months ,if Vlad has anything to say about it.

yrbmegr's picture

I don't think even the estimable Vlad the Impaler has that kind of power.

I Write Code's picture

Been saying that for years, but the spike in oil prices circa 2007, saved them.  Again.

They are already well past their sell-by date.

falak pema's picture

the sponsors of Pax Americana have a few internecine problems; but all will be resolved when Kerry comes to Syria; after he has solved the Ukraine conundrum via shuttle diplomacy like Dear Henry but without his big stick, now lacking in all the hot spots of the world.

As drones don't replace boots on ground, and if its not MArines its Al QaedA...Yikes! what a toxic sandwich.

A carrot without a big stick is like lipstick without "hot lips"...

Lets see if he can convince the world about his brand of "its my way or its the highway" ! 

Dollarmedes's picture

Now ALL the wheels are coming off the cart!

yrbmegr's picture

Not all of them.  Precious little going on the West Bank and/or Gaza Strip, it seems.  Like squeezing a balloon.

rubearish10's picture

So, Baharain/Qatar is Kerry's next stop?

FieldingMellish's picture

I am shocked! Qatar, home to 3 US military bases and the US Forward Command, surely, surely, can't be caught up in meddling in other countries affairs. Shocking.

TrumpXVI's picture

Maybe that's why it's pronounced, "gutter".

Rockatanski's picture

it's seems the whole world is playing out like episode I of star wars

Addicted's picture

that makes putin darth vader..:)

Rockatanski's picture

i'm not sure who's who in the zoo BUT the lies, deception and misdirection are astounding.


Johnny Cocknballs's picture

You don't think the Israelis have any pull with the Qatari government, do you?

Don't vouch for the site or the details of the article, but this story is out there and appears to have some basis in reality.


Johnny Cocknballs's picture

Anyone been to Dubai?

Anyone been to Dubai who did not have a crazy amount of fun?

Skateboarder's picture

I've flown through the airport once - had the most cameras I've ever seen pointing at human cattle. They only seem to have 'high profile' things there. Simple street rat skateboarders don't got no place there.

But yeah, if you had a lot of dough and knew a couple people, I guess you could have 'fun' there.

edit: my bad, that was Abu Dhabi. Same shit though.