The Hill: Emirati ambassador to Trump: Remove US airbase from Qatar
The United Arab Emirates' ambassador to the United States wants President Trump to use the U.S. airbase in Qatar as a political tool to press the country's government on supporting extremism.
“The air base is a very nice insurance policy against any additional pressure,” Ambassador Yousef al-Otaiba said Tuesday. “Maybe someone in Congress should have a hearing and just say, you know, ’Should we consider moving it?’”
Last week, a Saudi-led coalition of Arab nations cut off all diplomatic ties with Qatar and accused the country's government of supporting terrorists across the Middle East. Doha has denied the charges, but that wasn't enough for Emirati officials.
“We’ve gotten fed up. We’ve had enough,” Otaiba said.
According to Otaiba, the U.S. airbase in Qatar has given cover for the country's government to continue supporting instability in the Middle East unabated.
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Update: Emirati Ambassador: U.S. Should Rethink Its Air Base in Qatar (Bloomberg/AP)
WNU Editor: The U.S. base in Qatar is going nowhere. As for my take on the Qatar crisis .... this is an economic war, and it seems that Qatar is running out of dollars .... Qatar Is Running Out Of Dollar (Zero Hedge)
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