— The Erimtan Angle —

Published on 25 Sep 2014: In his first interview as Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani speaks with the global brand that is Christiane Amanpour.

On 11 November 2014, the Emir addressed his country’s legislative advisory council, the so-called Shura Council, saying that “[a]ny counterterrorism policies in Syria and Iraq that do not take this [i.e. Bashar Assad’s government and Iran as sponsors of terrorism] into account are just crisis management”.[1]  The Associated Press, in turn, add that the ‘country has provided substantial arms and other aid to Syrian rebels, and along with other Arab states has pushed for tougher action against Assad’s government. It has come under fire from critics for its support of Islamist groups, but it denies supporting militants and says it has never provided backing for Islamic State fighters. However, Qatar’s support for Islamist groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood and its perceived meddling in regional politics rankle its Gulf neighbors. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain recalled their ambassadors from Doha earlier this year, straining relations in the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council, which also includes Kuwait and Oman’.[2]

[1] “Qatar emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani: Airstrikes against IS group not enough” AP (11 Nov. 2014). http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2014-11-11/news/55990599_1_sheikh-tamim-hamad-al-thani-qatar.

[2] “Qatar emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani: Airstrikes against IS group not enough”.

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