Qatar has not received any invitation to two regional summits to discuss last week’s drone strikes on Saudi oil installations and the attack of Saudi and UAE oil tankers.
Saudi Arabia has accused Iran of being behind the drone strikes, but Iran has denied any involvement in the attacks. Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Affairs minister Adel al-Jubeir, said that Saudi Arabia had no intention to go to war against Iran but stood ready to defend itself. Al Jubeir also urged Qatar, to stop supporting extremists and terrorists and join the other Arab nations.
In an interview with Al Jazeera TV, Qatar’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Lolwah Al-Khater, commented on these accusations:
Al-Jubeir’s statements are paradoxes. He started talking about the need for Arab unification … and then started attacking Qatar.
Al Khater concluded that the accusations were “nothing more than a mere fodder for the media and they do not deserve a response.”
On Sunday, four ships belonging to UAE, Norway and Saudi Arabia, were attacked near the Emirati port of Fujairah. The incident has been described as a “sabotage attack” by the UAE and a “threat to the security of global oil supplies” according to Saudi Arabia.
Qatar has been facing a Saudi-led blockade for almost two years. The blockading countries, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrein and Egypt, had initially blamed Qatar for supporting terrorism. They cut their diplomatic, economic and social ties with the tiny Gulf state and imposed a sea, land and air embargo on the tiny Gulf nation. While the logistical challenges imposed by its neighbours proved difficult at the beginning, Qatar quickly overcame these issues and leveraged its soft diplomatic power to move on from the blockade and turn the situation in its favour globally.