It can be said that the Saudi-led bloc has failed to achieve its plan as Qatar clearly outplayed its opponents with smart moves and intelligent policies.
The Saudi-led bloc severed ties with Qatar after accusing it of supporting terrorism, which was denied by Qatar. Though, the bloc tried everything possible to isolate Qatar, it has failed to do so thanks to some wise moves from the leadership.
“Qatar has recently filed a complaint with WTO, accusing UAE, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia of imposing a trade and economic blockade. Also, an extraordinary session of the International Civil Aviation Organization was held after Qatar filed a complaint,” Ali al-Heil, a professor of political science at Qatar University, told.
He added that Doha has managed to weather the storm and forced the opponents to make concessions.
“Qatar is conducting a firm policy, effectively forcing the countries that imposed the blockade against it to make more and more concessions – for example, the original list of demands got whittled down from 13 points to just 6. And let’s not forget about the meeting in Cairo where the list of economic sanctions against Qatar was being compiled. But it got cancelled after US President Donald Trump’s phone call to his Egyptian colleague Abdel Fattah el-Sisi,” the professor said.
Talaat Hamid, former speaker of the Arab Parliament of the Arab League, compared Qatar’s strategy with the one that “Israel employs during negotiations.”
“The countries that imposed the blockade insist on [Qatar] fulfilling the previously reached agreements. Qatar, however, is deliberately stalling, thus creating the image of a suffering small country being ganged up on by its neighbors. The goal of this policy is to make everyone in the world feel pity for the emirate and to blame Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt,” said Talaat Hamid.