In its terrorist acts, Qatar has entered the stage of the necessity to impose sanctions on it, and this need has increased by its insistence on supporting terrorism. And now by the relations it established with terrorist regimes and groups, mainly Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood, which impose serious threat to the security and stability of the region and the world, the imposition of “comprehensive international sanctions” on Qatar has become a very urgent need and an integral part of international efforts to combat terrorism.

Everyone has become certain that Qatar has supported terrorist groups that are spread throughout the region with hundreds of billions of dollars. There is evidence for Qatar’s support for terrorism in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Yemen, Iraq, Syria and elsewhere. In addition to that, Doha has been hosting leaders of terrorist groups who have long posed a threat to the security and stability of the region. It spread spies in Arab countries to establish opposition groups for government, undermine security and stability, and carry out many crimes and assassinations. Al-Jazeera channel on its turn has played it role of inciting for and supporting extremism, while Qatar thwarted many development projects in some Arab countries. All the above call for a serious and decisive policy to end Qatari terrorism once and for all.

In fact, the American and European anger over the behavior of the Qatari regime, which has become clear in recent statements by their officials, is not enough and will not deter the Qatari regime, which has become a hostage to regional and global powers and regimes. The boycott, despite succeeding in disciplining the Qatari regime, drying up the source of its terrorism and ending its terrorist behavior in the boycotting countries, is however required now to be more decisive and to impose stronger deterrent sanctions on Doha, similar to Tehran, especially that the Iranian regime is currently working on plans to circumvent international sanctions and Qatar will be one of the most important tools of such Iranian maneuver.

Many Iranian economists have stated that their country has plans and programs to circumvent sanctions and to mitigate its negative impact on the Iranian economy, at a time Qatar was talking about increasing gas production from its north field, in which it shares territorial waters with Iran. Although Iran has previously opposed any development by Qatar to increase gas production from this shared field, considering that as stealing to its share, Iran now is satisfied and even supports it.

The above confirms that there is a secret agreement between the Revolutionary Guard and Qatar that allows the latter to develop and increase gas production from the field shared by the two countries in exchange of sharing the quotas between the two parties, which would facilitate Iran’s circumvention on US sanctions.

This proves unequivocally that Qatar has become a tool for Iran that is used in several ways, the most important of which is financing terrorism and pro-Iranian groups in the region, as well as to circumvent sanctions and mitigate their impact on the Iranian economy. Many reports have mentioned the presence of an Iranian intelligence in the Qatari embassies in the region, which puts plans to support terrorist groups, after many countries have closed embassies and Iranian centers for carrying out suspicious acts aimed at spreading Shiism and terrorism. This prompted the Revolutionary Guard to use embassies and Qatari institutions to carry out these projects instead of Iranian embassies and centers that have been closed or have been questionable and under scrutiny by many capitals of the region.

Therefore, if the United States was serious about ending the Iranian terrorism, it must impose tough sanctions on Iran’s most powerful tool – Qatar.

Al Mezmaah Studies & Research Centre

14 May 2018