Saudi-Led Regional States Reduce Demands on Qatar to Six Principles
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
It’s unclear if the latest development is a breakthrough in resolving differences between Qatar and Riyadh, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt or just reworked unacceptable demands.
As presented, they’re softer than original ones – nothing in them about shutting down Al-Jazeera and other news outlets Qatar funds.
Nothing about expelling Turkish forces from the country and ending joint military cooperation.
No demand to limit trade and curb diplomatic ties with Iran, close its diplomatic missions, and expel Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp. members.
Paying reparations to Riyadh and its allies for alleged loss of life and financial losses is gone.
Qatari-owned, operated and controlled Al-Jazeera reported the six principles as follows:
“Commitment to combat extremism and terrorism in all their forms and to prevent their financing or providing havens.”
“Suspending all acts of provocation and speeches inciting hatred or violence.”
“Full compliance with the Riyadh Agreement of 2013 and the supplementary agreement and its implementation mechanisms of 2014 within the framework of the Gulf Cooperation Council.”
Qatar and other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) States agreed to secret agreements in 2013 and 2014.
They include no interference in the internal affairs of GCC states, no support for the Muslim Brotherhood, no backing of factions in Yemen threatening neighboring countries, and agreeing that breaching of any part of the deal violates it entirely – other related principles included.
“Adherence to all the outcomes of the Arab Islamic American Summit held in May 2017 in Riyadh.”
“Refraining from interfering in the internal affairs of states and from supporting illegal entities.”
“The responsibility of all states of the international community to confront all forms of extremism and terrorism as a threat to international peace and security.”
On Tuesday, Saudi UN envoy Abdallah al-Mouallimi said four Arab states now say demanding Al-Jazeera’s closure isn’t necessary to stop regional incitement to violence.
Ceasing it depends on Washington, NATO, Riyadh and their rogue allies halting support for terrorism.
Not a chance. Whether agreement can be reached between Qatar and antagonist states remains to be seen. If not, greater regional destabilization than currently may follow.
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