Qatar exploits tensions in Ukraine, Middle East for gains - analysis

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Qatar exploits tensions in Ukraine, Middle East for gains - analysis
Last year Qatar exploited its hosting of the Taliban in order to not only bring the Taliban back to power but also to secure much-needed “major non-Nato ally” status from the US.
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN
Published: MARCH 26, 2022

Qatar is trying to exploit the divisions in the world that have emerged over Ukraine, and also divisions in the Middle East, to not only profit but make itself more necessary for US foreign policy.

Last year Qatar exploited its hosting of the Taliban in order to not only bring the Taliban back to power but also to secure much-needed “major non-Nato ally” status from the US. Now Qatar is also looking to benefit from the energy and inflation crisis that has come out of the Ukraine war to make itself appear even more essential. Its recent comments backing the Palestinians are also evidence of how it tries to play all sides.

In a revealing interview, the former Qatari Foreign Minister and Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassim Al-Thani was quoted in Iranian media as saying that the “energy crisis following the Russia-Ukraine war and the urgent need of European countries for Middle Eastern oil,” has made Qatar more important, according to Fars News Agency's International Service.

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