Voltaire Network

Resumption of Tension in the Gulf Cooperation Council


Saudi Arabia and the Arab Emirates have strongly reacted to the Qatari press agency publishing a statement by the Prince of Qatar, following the Arab-Islamic-Summit against Terrorism.

According to this communiqué, Emir Tamim defended Iran and emphasized its peaceful role in the Gulf region.

Only minutes after this communiqué had been published, all the Saudi and Emirates television channels organized debates between experts on the Qatari “betrayal”. The Qatari press agency then withdrew the posting and announced that it had been hacked. However the Saudi and Emirates press continued with their campaign, taking the view that this new communiqué that it had been hacked was just an easy excuse.

In March 2014, a secret, violent war took place between Qatar on the one side and Saudi Arabia and the Emirates on the other side. The reason war broke out was because of Qatari support to a faction of the Muslim Brotherhood involved in an attempt to topple the Saud dynasty.

Qatar does not seem to share Saudi Arabia’s new willingness to break ties with the Muslim Brotherhood.

Anoosha Boralessa

Voltaire Network

Voltaire, international edition

Article licensed under Creative Commons

The articles on Voltaire Network may be freely reproduced provided the source is cited, their integrity is respected and they are not used for commercial purposes (license CC BY-NC-ND).

Support Voltaire Network

You visit this website to seek quality analysis that enables you to forge your own understanding of today’s world. In order to continue our work, we need you to support our efforts.
Help us by making a contribution.

How to participate in Voltaire Network?

The members of our team are all volunteers.
- Professional-level mother-tongue translators: you can help us by translating our articles.