صالح حمد القلاب​​
وزير إعلام سابق​

The Gulf … convergence is necessary, however!!

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Former Minister of Information

The Arab Gulf states have the right to meet and converge in an effective coordinative framework, if not unionist, although it is clear that the national and religious minorities, as well as sectarian ones, in major European, African and American countries, including even the United States, are seeking independence, administrations and “self-rule.” What distinguishes the Gulf states is that they are generally united in nationalism and the majority of their people are Arabs, united by Arab affiliation and tribal and clan interactions, and this seems sufficient at this stage, and indeed the next, as long as comprehensive unity is not possible and excluded, according to what the early nationalists demanded. 

It cannot be denied that there is actual and serious coordination between, if not most of the Gulf countries, most of them, which include the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, the Sultanate of Oman, Bahrain, and Qatar, and there is the Gulf Cooperation Council, which the late King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, “may God have mercy on him”, called during the thirty-second Gulf summit to transform into a “union” in which coordination between its (sisterly) countries would be political, economic and military, but this call was bypassed then (in 2011) at the request of one of the Gulf states.

However, after these years have passed since 2011, and given that Iran is in this era, the era of the Guards of the Revolution and Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, and some of the most extreme Persian symbols, who constitute no more than 41% of the Iranian people or nation, the hostility to all Arabs has increased. As the Iranians have increased pressure on the Arab Gulf region, and they have begun to openly intervene in some of its countries, and it is known that there is now an Iranian military and political presence and everything in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and also in Yemen, which in fact has come under the control of the Iranians, and that the “Houthis” are just a Yemeni facade!!

Accordingly; The unity of the Gulf states, even on coordination level at the beginning and at the minimum levels, is required and necessary, and this last initiative, for the union, is undoubtedly good, but the problem, and this must be said honestly and frankly, is that this requires Qatar to become part of this step.

Qatar has to be enabled to leave the coalition led by Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which includes Turkey, Iran and the “Muslim Brotherhood”.

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