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Qatar paves way for withdrawal from GCC – Ex-Iranian diplomat

Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani

The current Qatari leadership intends to withdraw from Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) but it exercises restraint on advice from some of its advisers, Abdullah Suhrabi, a former Iranian diplomat, revealed on Tuesday. 
According to observers on Gulf affairs, this disclosure confirms Iranian endeavors to force Doha to quit GCC, making the country a vulnerable prey that can be used and blackmailed by Tehran.
They also noted this unveils Mullah regime’s plot to dismantle the GCC, a successful and rapidly developing bloc that hinders the aspirations of Iran and its attempts to dominate and lead the region. 
Suhrabi, former Iranian ambassador to Qatar, was one of the harbingers of GCC disintegration. 
In July, Suhrabi said that the ongoing crisis between Doha and Gulf and Arab countries and severing ties with it is a juncture and beginning of GCC collapse.   
On Thursday, Qatar restored diplomatic ties with Iran in a move set to further inflame tensions with the four Arab states it has been locked in a regional dispute with since June.
The Qatar foreign ministry said its ambassador would return to Tehran to exercise his diplomatic duties as the country “expressed its aspiration to strengthen bilateral relations with Iran in all fields.”
In statements to the Iranian media, Sahrabi said that Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani was considering withdrawal from the GGC but his advisers told him to wait. 
The return of the Qatari ambassador to Tehran in this sensitive timing will not be the first or last measure to be taken to promote relations between the two countries, he added. 

Last Modified: Tuesday، 29 August 2017 08:37 PM
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