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Arab gulf already making up and fast

Saudi, UAE and Bahrain now competing who kisses with Qatar faster.

3 weeks now media in those 3 countries have stopped their "Qatar Terrorist" songs

All 3 countries just confirmed they will send their teams to the Kalij competition in Qatar. Remember any sport related to Qatar was banned even on TV.


Lets see now SOLers who were talking so much during the Berbera port days...explain.


There will be so many Africans from dictators to Nobel price winners holding empty bags.

Do not make a mistake again. Its not Qatar versus others..the winners are Turkey and Iran



https://www.middleeasteye.net/opinion/qatar-and-saudi-arabia-cold-peace

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US Air Force chief 'hopeful' Gulf crisis will end, urges unity against Iran

Washington sees political rift that Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and non-Gulf state Egypt have with Qatar as threat to efforts to contain Iran

US Air Force chief Goldfein presses Gulf states to resolve differences, work together to defend against threat he says Iran poses to their security (AFP/file photo)

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MEE and agencies

Published date: 16 November 2019 20:30 UTC | Last update: 5 hours 29 min ago

US Air Force Chief of Staff David Goldfein said on Saturday he was hopeful a dispute among Gulf Arab states may soon end and urged them to unify their military capabilities as tensions with Iran simmer.

Washington sees a political rift that Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and non-Gulf state Egypt have with Qatar as a threat to efforts to contain Iran and has pushed for a united front.

"Certainly I am hopeful," Goldfein told Reuters in Dubai when asked if he thought the rift could soon be resolved. "It's certainly in our best interest to see if they can come to a political solution."

In a sign the dispute may be easing, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain have said they would participate in the 24th edition of the Arabian Gulf Cup, hosted by Qatar later this month, despite a boycott they have imposed on Doha.

 

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Washington has unsuccessfully tried to mediate the dispute, in which the four nations have severed political, trade and transport ties with Qatar since mid-2017 over accusations it supports terrorism, which Doha has repeatedly denied.

Earlier this week, the Saudi-funded Elaph news website reported that the boycotting countries were taking steps towards “setting directions” for its media outlets to avoid commenting on Qatar in political and sports programmes.

Other signs of a rapprochement included visits made to Oman by Abdullah Bishara, a former Kuwaiti secretary-general of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), and Prince Khalid bin Salman, Saudi Arabia's deputy defence minister. Both Oman and Kuwait have been mediating in the row that has fractured the six-member GCC.

The United States is allied with all six Gulf Arab states. Qatar hosts Al-Udeid air base, the largest US military facility in the region, while Bahrain is home to the Navy's Fifth Fleet.

Goldfein earlier pressed the Gulf states to resolve their differences and work together to defend against the threat he said Iran poses to their security.

"When a missile or a UAV (drone) is en route from Iran that is not the time to reconcile past grievances. That time is now. Today," he said at an air chiefs conference

The US blames Iran for a series of attacks in the Gulf over the summer, including a 14 September missile and drone attack on Saudi Arabia that temporarily shut down half the kingdom's oil production. Tehran denies involvement.

"No one country has everything it needs to defend itself, but together we have exactly what we need for collective defence," Goldfein said. "We have the power to begin this right now as we face a common adversary who seems committed to malign behaviour across the region."

Gulf military chiefs last month called for unified efforts between their armed forces following the attack on Saudi Arabia.

Emphasising the principle of collective security, Goldfein said the best chance to defend the UAE may be from Qatar or neighbouring Oman. "Neighbours to the right and to the left who by geometry alone have a better shot," he said.

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galbeedi   

OO,

I think you are also won on this issue.

You were one of the few people who insisted supporting Turkey and Qatar. You were the anti imperial camp on this issue. Your stood  on the side of group that seemed weak in the eyes of America and that was honorable. 

You always stick with Djibouti, Sudan, Turkey and Qatar. You know what , despite our differences , I put you on the side of the anti colonial  camp.

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galbeedi   

Qatar probably might mend some fences with the Saudis like allowing overflights on SAudi air space and traveling to Hajj directly, but the gab with UAE is very huge.

I think the sanctions made Qatar independent .It is the first time in Arab world where the righteous nations won the day.

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On 11/16/2019 at 10:16 PM, galbeedi said:

Qatar probably might mend some fences with the Saudis like allowing overflights on SAudi air space and traveling to Hajj directly, but the gab with UAE is very huge.

I think the sanctions made Qatar independent .It is the first time in Arab world where the righteous nations won the day.

The Turkish are shaking Middle East, Europe and even America without spending too much. The one thing they have going for them is self respect, dignity and a belief in themselves and their history and faith.

The Russians have the same. That is why even when they quarel they still respect each other.

Even when the Turkish were in their worst days of defeat and dismantling of empire, they still fought and defeated British and French empires combined at Gallipoli.

That is why it becomes so humiliating when you see Farmaajo acting like a beggar with Abiy. If Farmaajo does not stop what he is doing the Somali will be reduced to begging Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Eritrea, Arabs..even in sub clan conflicts. That is greatest downfall for the independent and confident nomad.

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Duufaan   

where are @OODWEYNE and others with old imperialism theory? hoping to ride the back of the colonial powers whatever they offer. In fact, the world has changed where Assia is already dominating. Africa will rise slowly. Where the Indian ocean will be more important than the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. But the losers are not the west but those who did not foresee the changes coming. the question is it too late for UAE and Saudi Arabia to change course? or they buying time and hoping the old-time will return where their money made differences. 

For Somali, it is reviving and when the stability returns to south Somalia, it will be back in big time. Farmaajo and Co read very well the situation or lucky enough to be the right side of history. They played their card right and understood the current situation in Somalia and the world. They welcomed every actor and played a low profile when needed without confronting anybody. With this policy, they were able to isolate local politicians from the old system and bring some stability on the ground. They were able to bring in more money and aid to poor, starving Somali people at a time when the remaining infrastructure is clasping and no one buying Somali livestock.  Many  Somalia lives were saved for the last three years, it could be worst what we got now. Now a more bright future is a close distance for Somali people. More economic growth and less violence but only with right balanced policies and the right people in the leadership. 

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Recent events that indicate where things are heading.

1. Remember for 20 years Europeans prevented Turkish from joining, but Europeans gathered so many useless little countries. Those little countries now are all instruments of America and being used to weaken Europe. Turkish mean while are being courted by China, Iran, Russia and many more.

So brilliantly the Turkish signed deal with Libya, cutting the little poodles of Egypt and Greece to size. The Turkish signed with the UN recognized group, not with any group.

Now Turkish are threatening to go to Libya and support the UN recognized group. The west has become dear in headlights. Do not know what to do.

 

2. Arabs were counting on the new regime in Sudan cutting ties to Turkish, Qatar..etc. Last week Qatari and Sudanese armies completed week long joint exercise in East Sudan near Afwerki fiefdom. Turkish plans for Suakin and port are reaffirmed by new Sudanese regime to continue. Sudan withdraws 10,000 soldiers from Yemen.

 

3. Turkish conducted field test of the S400 and are saying performed beyond expectation. Means will not abandon it no matter what. Joint production may be next step.

4. Sudan will be next chair of IGAD. Hopefully Farmaajo and Co. will see the window. Greatest problem for Sudan is getting out of the list of countries that sponsor terrorism. It affects investment, commerce..etc.

5. GERD is again becoming hot issue. America is trying to protect its poodles of Sissi and Abiy. Both are in dilemma. Sissi can't allow it and Abiy can't abandon it. Sudan wants the dam completed, so it can use it for its irrigation and electricity.

 

 

 

 

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