Bizarre Qatar situation

Turkey has sided with Qatar in the Middle East split:

Bloomberg:  Turkey Lines Up Behind Qatar as Gulf Crisis Fault Lines Deepen

Turkey criticized Saudi-led efforts to isolate ally Qatar, deepening the fault lines in a crisis that has engulfed one of the world’s most strategically important regions.

In defending Qatar, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan joined a growing list of Middle East nations resisting Saudi Arabia’s push for a united regional front against the gas-rich emirate, whose maverick policies have vexed the kingdom for years. On Wednesday, the head of NATO’s second-largest army offered to try to mend the rift, which has created havoc at airports and seaports, and added new tinder to the already combustible Middle East by challenging the authority of Qatar’s ruler, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

“I’d like to say that we don’t find sanctions against Qatar right,” Erdogan said at a gathering in the Turkish capital, Ankara, late Tuesday. “The most appropriate way for the Gulf Cooperation Council countries to solve their internal issues is through dialogue.”

“We are ready to do everything to resolve other countries’ problems with Qatar,” he added.

Turkey and Qatar have close ties, and Erdogan has sided with the emirate against Saudi Arabia in supporting the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip. Qatar is a major investor in Turkey’s $857 billion economy, with interests in media, financial and defense companies, and Turkey is building a base in the emirate.

Surprise surprise, money is involved.

Interesting that Turkey is building a base in Qatar. The US already has a large base there.

Saudi Arabia and three other U.S. allies in the region — the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain — escalated tensions that followed President Donald Trump’s Iran-bashing visit to the kingdom last month by severing ties with Qatar on Monday.

Trump gave the Saudis crucial backing on Tuesday, calling the squeeze on Qatar just punishment for the country’s financial support for Islamic extremists.

“During my recent trip to the Middle East I stated there can no longer be funding of Radical Ideology,” Trump said on Twitter. “Leaders pointed to Qatar – look!” In two additional tweets he said the action proved that his meeting with Persian Gulf Arab leaders last month was “already paying off.”

But the US is supposed to be selling $21.1 billion (US) worth of F-15s to Qatar.

Fox News:  Qatar’s $21B deal to buy F-15s moving forward amid diplomatic battle

A plan to sell $21.1 billion worth of Boeing (BA)-made F-15 fighter jets to Qatar appears to be moving forward, despite several countries cutting diplomatic ties with the Middle Eastern nation this week.

A State Department official said the diplomatic battle and President Donald Trump’s criticism of Qatar, which is under fire for allegedly supporting terrorist groups, has not affected the pending deal to deliver 72 F-15QA multirole fighters, according to Fox News.

In a statement, Boeing said it’s “closely following recent developments.”

“We have been working closely with the U.S. and Qatari governments on this proposed sale. We continue to expect that an agreement will be signed,” Boeing added.

What a convoluted mess it is.

I think it’s likely that Trump has no idea how complex things are there. It seems as long as there’s business in it he will back it, but the military complications are bizarre.

5 Comments

  1. Maggy Wassilieff

     /  June 8, 2017

    Between Qatar and Iran lies the World’s largest gas field.
    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-qatar-gas-idUSKBN175181

    I’m sure the Saudis aren’t happy that Iran and friends are developing this field.

    • MaureenW

       /  June 8, 2017

      Iran is on “the list”. US just completed a large arms deal with Saudi Arabia. Qatar and Iran have Close ties. Middle East players have just severed ties with Qatar. Iran has just suffered an ISIS terror attack on its Parliament. Coincidence?
      I wonder if they’re planning on taking out North Korea and Iran simultaneously – if so, that’s likely to stir up a bit of dust.

  2. David

     /  June 8, 2017

    This is most interesting;

    “Both the Financial Times and the Guardian (UK) covered the unfolding story over the last month or more of 25 members of the Qatari royal family who had been held in Iran as prisoners for more than a year. They were kidnapped in southern Iraq while on a family hunting/hawking trip, presumably by Hezbollah-affiliated actors, who sold them to Iran.”

    https://www.ft.com/content/dd033082-49e9-11e7-a3f4-c742b9791d43

    The rumor is it cost Qatar $1bn to get them released by Iran.

    • Gezza

       /  June 9, 2017

      Wouln’t surprise me if he had no clue.

      8,000 troops, Aljaz tv reported. Biggest and only US base in the The Middle East. Probably why he suddenly started issuing counter-tweets attempting to backtrack & conciliate. Qatar should tell them to get out, before the US troops get the word to just attack them to try & distract from the dinglebunny’s stupidity. He’s been hoodwinked by & Saudi Arabia & Israel, by appealing to his vanity, prejudice & ignorance.

      The Saudis, the source of Islamic Wahhabist terrorism can wait longer to begin their death struggle against the jews. That’s my opinion at this point.