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The news in KL reports that this started to hatch shortly after Trump visited Saudi and confirmed a masive arms deal.

It is well known that the USA consider Iran and Syria its enemies. Qatar is friendly with Iran therefore – in Trump’s simplistic world – Saudi is his bezzie mate and Qatar his enemy. (The Saudis were not keen on Obama)

That is to say that any action taken against Qatar by the gulf states can now count on the support of the USA, thus emboldening them to issue threats.

And this action may stem from matters purely funancial: the other gulf states being intimidated by Qatar’s huge oil reserves, and maybe passengers deserting EK/EY for QR following the launch of their QSuite.

It ‘started to hatch’ many years ago and the tensions have been there for a long time. During my years in Saudi in 2000s the Saudis never had an ambassador in Doha and there were the 2014 problems as well when other GCC countries withdrew diplomats. So to present it as Trump inspired is nonsense.

Secondly the bit about oil reserves is also nonsense, Qatar oil reserves are not in the top 12 globally and smaller than Saudi, UAE and Kuwait. There is certainly no intimidation there.

As for political tensions due to the Q suite, its so silly its funny.

I’m not sure who is knocking out the news in KL these days but they need to get out a bit more.

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