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Qatar Lives a Quiet Life, Fights Hard, and Wins Time and Time Again

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“Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy,” said the mastermind of Western ideology back in the day, Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill.

This statement is currently very relevant to Qatar’s policy towards Saudi Arabia, as Qatar has not only stood up to the Saudis and their inhumane embargo, but it has also been busily and successfully building a new life from a new beginning. Here are just a few striking examples.

According to the Anadolu Agency, Qatar’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani made an unannounced visit to Saudi Arabia for the first time. Diplomats are quiet naturally very fond of keeping things under wraps until they have achieved some success. This was a visit to an enemy country, whose king even wanted to occupy the small emirate of Qatar at one stage. But according to the Wall Street Journal which has well informed and confidential sources in Riyadh, the purpose of the secret visit was to discuss ways to reduce the tensions between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, a rift which has lasted for two and a half years. The Qatari Foreign Minister allegedly told the Saudi authorities that Doha is prepared to sever ties with the illegal terrorist Muslim Brotherhood organization for the sake of improving their bilateral relations, a move which has been welcomed by Saudi officials. The same Wall Street Journal stated that Qatar’s move is a successful diplomatic breakthrough in the difficult situation that has developed between the two countries, for which Saudi Arabia is to blame.

The Saudi football team landing in Doha to participate in the Gulf Cup after accepting an invitation from the Qatari side can also be viewed as somewhat of a historical event in the timeline of efforts being made to repair relations. By the same token, the Saudis have also given teams from the UAE and Bahrain permission to fly to Doha and compete in this football competition. Countries such as Oman, Kuwait, Iraq and Yemen, which do not kowtow to the Saudis, had confirmed they would be participating even earlier. As a result, all the Arab states of the Persian Gulf are arriving in Qatar for the Gulf Cup, which marks another victory for the Qataris. A short while earlier, Saudi Ambassador to Kuwait Prince Sultan bin Saad Al Saud had to admit that “sports might repair what politics has ruined.” Truth be told, the........

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