Whether or not this turns out to be the sunset of Trump’s time as POTUS, his administration has been working right up to the final buzzer. Foreign policy wins are no exception.
Trump shocked the world when his administration achieved the seemingly impossible. They helped the Middle East navigate a path to regional peace between Israel and several of its Arab neighbors.
That would have been pretty amazing in itself. But the peace initiative did not end there. They also helped secure peace between Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
How ironic (and strangely fitting) that a Sabbath-keeping Jew from Trump’s administration was involved in helping the only two Salafi Muslim countries settle a longstanding conflict.
The diplomatic breakthrough followed a final push by the outgoing Trump administration and Kuwait to mediate the dispute.
It also came as Saudi Arabia seeks to unify Arab ranks ahead of the incoming administration of president-elect Joe Biden, which is expected to take a firmer stand toward the kingdom and re-engage with Iran.
…Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who embraced Qatar’s emir on his arrival at the summit, said the region needed to unite and face challenges posed by Iran’s proxies and its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes.
He said the declaration signed by Gulf leaders and Egypt ’emphasises Arab and Gulf solidarity and stability, and reinforces the continuity of friendship and brotherhood between our countries’.
The four countries that jointly boycotted Qatar – Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain – were hoping their embargo and media blitz would pressure it to end its close relations with Turkey and Iran.
Egypt and the UAE view the support by Qatar and Turkey of Islamist groups like the Muslim Brotherhood as a security threat. Saudi Arabia and Bahrain are primarily concerned about Qatar’s ties with Iran.
The boycott failed to change Doha’s stance, instead buoying its young ruler domestically as patriotic fervour swept through Qatar in support of his resolve.
It also pushed Qatar closer to Turkey and Iran, which rushed to support the ultra-wealthy Gulf state as it faced medical and food supply shortages in the first days of the embargo. –DailyMail
Funny how a ‘get-it-done’ mindset can actually, you know, get things done, isn’t it?
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