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US President Donald Trump (R) greets Emir of Kuwait Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah during a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, US, September 7, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

After Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah visited Washington and met with US president, the Qatari crisis went back to square one.

President Donald Trump accepted Sheikh Sabah’s invitation take part in mediating the Qatar crisis, entering the second phase in efforts meant to resolve the dispute. Assuming his role, Trump, in his distinctive style, made a public announcement on Qatar having to cease supporting terrorism.

The emir’s decision to involve Trump is admirable—Doha, which had refused to make concessions with Sheikh Sabah, now will have to deal with President Trump.

Sheikh Sabah noted that Kuwait has suffered from Qatar’s threat. Not only by the rabble rousing spurred by the Doha-run news channel Al Jazeera, but also earlier dispute that was kept under the radar.

The dispute revolved on Qatar’s funding of Kuwaiti opposition outside the country’s parliament house and supporting street protesters against the government.

Qatar found itself an argument in proclaimed sovereignty rights, a case which does not apply in matters of export, financing, and incitement of violence against other states.

In turn, Kuwaiti authorities were forced to bare their teeth by making multiple arrests against prominent protestors, shutting down newspapers, closing television broadcasts and stripping some of their Kuwaiti nationality. Most of these problems were backed by Doha’s authorities. Sheikh Sabah told Trump and the world that Kuwait has suffered from Qatar’s interventions and from its degenerate media.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain echo Kuwait’s complaints, however they have vowed to confront the source. With only a mere 90 days since the Arab quartet boycotted Qatar, to some, the crisis seems to have been an ongoing burden for decades. While not a single drop of blood was shed, Qatar swayed its people’s attention away from the major wars in the region. The wars in Syria, Yemen and Libya, instead it put its own screams in the spotlight.
Qatar’s screams faded within the last three months, unable to change the four countries’ decisions, they did not budge. The world now lives in less chaos without Qatar, but Qatar seems unable to adapt to the new circumstances. It wants to force the four countries to lift the boycott, running from one platform to another, from one organization to another, from one mediator to another.

All of Qatar’s campaigns achieved nothing. It was Qatar who broke the Kuwaiti Emir’s mediation when it could have accepted the Arab quartet’s demands. Most of the demands were already stipulated in the Riyadh Agreement of 2014 which Qatar signed three years ago in the presence of Kuwait’s Emir, only to then fail to meet the demands of the agreement.

Qatar seeks refuge in its proclaimed sovereignty. There is no sovereignty in the export, financing and incitement of violence against other states. Sovereignty may be permissible if the Qatari government incites and finances it only within its borders. But hosting and funding personalities and organizations calling for overthrowing other countries’ regimes have serious consequences.

Qatar stands alone because everyone is bored and tired. They also hate the country’s actions and their support for extremist groups. As stated in the Arab quartet’s explanatory statement, there is a unanimity in the region against Qatar. Be certain that most of the Arab states whom are officially silent, stand with the quartet and agree that Qatar’s funding of extremist groups in their countries and the region must stop. Most of these silent countries are ready to diplomatically support the countries against Qatar by advising the US administration to stand firm against its government and more.