The researcher on Arab and Islamic world issues, Salah Al-Qadri, said that “the Bahraini attack on the Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Nayef Al-Hajraf, and the fabrication of the fishermen’s crisis with Qatar, aims to spoil the Gulf reconciliation or to make reconciliation according to what Manama wants.”
Al-Qadri added during his participation in the episode (12/30/2020) of the “Al-Masiya” program on Al-Jazeera Mubasher, that the Bahraini regime is trying to create crises with Qatar. To cover up its internal problems, as Manama faces the crisis of international condemnation of human rights violations against its opponents, in addition to a major economic crisis, as the deficit rate has reached 15% of GDP.
Regarding the Bahraini media attack on the Secretary of the Gulf Cooperation Council, the Executive Director of “Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain”, Hussein Abdullah, confirmed that the press in Bahrain is not free, stressing that the only independent newspaper was closed after an article it published that the ruling regime did not like. Manama.
Abdullah described the attempt to revive the fishermen’s crisis and reduce it in the State of Qatar as a “malicious attempt” to disrupt the relentless attempts to clear the Gulf airspace before the upcoming summit in Riyadh next month.
In response to what social media activists circulated about receiving Saudi and Kuwaiti envoys in Bahrain from the crown prince, not the king, as is usual in protocol, Hussein Abdullah said that it was an intentional act, of course, in order to show Bahrain that it is “upset”, and he borrowed in his analogy the word, which I used. The Bahraini newspaper, Al-Ayyam, describes the Secretary-General’s dissatisfaction with the attack on Qatar.
Abdullah added that this “upset” came to express Bahrain’s dissatisfaction with the reconciliation, or at least the path on which reconciliation is going.
In response to a question about whether Bahrain was able to thwart the Gulf reconciliation? Political science professor Essam Abdul Shafi said, “I do not think so. Bahrain’s potential is very poor economically, and it suffers from a real crisis over opposition and human rights violations, in addition to sectarian divisions.”
Abdul Shafi agreed with the idea that Bahrain is provoking one crisis after another with Qatar to thwart the efforts of Gulf reconciliation, especially in light of the Saudi trend to heal the Gulf rift and return to cohesion again.
He pointed out that Bahrain is motivated by the support of (Egyptian Emirati), in its talk about the State of Qatar, deliberately moving away from the appropriate diplomatic language, stressing that the attack on the person of the Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council comes in the first place because he is Kuwaiti, in an attempt to undermine the State of Kuwait for its position in favor of reconciliation and rejecting the siege Qatar since the first day of the crisis.
Abdul Shafi was surprised by Bahrain’s raising of the issue of fishing and the water borders with Qatar despite the fact that the borders were settled by international arbitration, indicating that Qatar agreed with the outcome of the arbitration at the time even though it granted Hawar Island to Bahrain, which is less than two kilometers from Qatar, while it is 14 kilometers from Bahrain. .
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Bahraini sources had quoted Al-Hajraf his dissatisfaction with the Bahraini media’s attempt to extract statements from him. The State of Qatar tolerated what the Bahraini Foreign Minister Abdul Latif Al-Zayani called “Qatari provocations” regarding the “fishing” crisis.
During a press conference by Al-Hajraf and Al-Zayani, held last Monday in the Bahraini capital, and during the conference, Bahraini media tried to extract statements from Al-Hajraf to undermine Doha, which was rejected by the Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council.
The diplomatic response of the Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council was met with a Bahraini media attack, and Al-Ayyam newspaper considered that the Secretary-General was “sad” (thus she described it according to its wording) from the journalists’ questions. The newspaper considered that the Bahraini press has the right to ask whatever it wants to know the direction of the General Secretariat towards what It passes by the board.
There was no comment from the General Secretariat of the Cooperation Council on the newspaper’s criticism, which classified itself as the first in Bahrain, and 200 thousand and 4 people follow it on Twitter.
Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt cut ties with Qatar in 2017, accusing it of supporting terrorism. Doha denies the accusation and says the four countries seek to violate their sovereignty.