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Qatar, a base for Hamas and a US partner, aspires to keep it up

Qatar, a base for Hamas and a US partner, aspires to keep it up

In particular, between Iran and the United States. The small Gulf emirate has made a specialty of serving. As a go-between between competing countries in the Near and Middle East.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken praised Qatar efforts to stop any regional party. From launching a new front in the conflict. Between Hamas and Israel during a speech in Doha on Friday, October 13. The following day in Doha. His Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian spoke with Ismail Haniyeh, The head of the Palestinian Islamic resistance movement. About how their collaboration would continue following Israel’s “heroic victory,”. Before warning Israel in a meeting with the emir of Qatar: “If the attacks of the Zionist regime against civilians. And the defenseless people of Gaza persist. No one can guarantee that the situation will be under control and the situation will be resolved.”

This diplomacy has become an art form for the little emirate. one of Washington’s closest allies, which has established its own regional military command, CentThe political headquarters of Hamas are likewise located in Qatar, which also keeps strong ties to Iran. It is a privileged mediator between Israel and Hamas because of this delicate balancing job. But because it holds Israel “solely responsible” for the escalation that started on October 7 after the Hamas strike, it is drawing more and more condemnation.

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Hasni Abidi, director of the Geneva-based Institute of Research and Study on the Arab World and the Mediterranean, noted that it had done so with American approval, if not at their request. Doha has been fostering its ties with Iran and regional Islamist organizations since the 1995 coup led by Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the father of the current ruler Emir Tamim, in the hopes that they will be beneficial.

Doha became closer to Israel as well, opening an office for trade representation in 1996 before closing it. Other Gulf and regional nations opposed these actions and imposed a boycott on Qatar from 2017 to 2021 in an effort to force it to conform. These individuals have now emerged as significant figures in the Middle East, and Qatar serves as a privileged middleman for the US.

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