“There are no fate-changing or existential differences of opinion between us and Qatar,” Al-Mouallimi told RT Arabic. “We are one people and one country, and the Qatari brothers are an extension of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is an extension of them.”
For a while, it seemed like Mr. Trump was going to turn against Qatar.
Last year he considered calling the Muslim Brotherhood a foreign terrorist organization. The Islamist movement has renounced violence, but has ties to some extremist groups. It also has some ties with the government of Qatar which is oriented towards Islamist organizations oriented towards the Brotherhood.
Given other strategic priorities in the US – including a US military airfield in Al Udeid southwest of Doha and the hosting of peace negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban in Qatar – the Trump administration gradually decided on a path to reunite Qatar with its own Region to convey critics.
The more important fight seemed to be against Iran.
Since 2018, when Mr Trump withdrew the United States from an agreement to limit Iran’s nuclear program, his administration has punished Tehran with sanctions and denied it an estimated $ 70 billion in oil revenues. That helped what Mr. Pompeo described last month than a 25 percent cut in the Iranian military budget last year.
Mr Pompeo, who has taken the toughest line against Iran among Mr Trump’s advisers, has long insisted that Tehran’s income does not benefit the Iranian people, but rather funds its missile programs and proxy militias that it operates in Iraq, Syria and in Supported Lebanon and Yemen.
Relieving pressure on the Iranian economy – to which Qatar overflight charges have contributed – would be what Mr Pompeo called a “dangerous choice that would weaken new partnerships for peace in the region and only strengthen the Islamic Republic”.
An agreement to reroute airlines in Qatar would give the Trump administration one final kick on Iran. In terms of arranging a way out of the blockade, however, this would only be a fleeting blow to the smoldering impasse among the Arab states.