Some of the countries that tried to distance themselves from Qatar after the Saudi-led siege began on June 5 last year were under financial and political pressure, Doha resident Sana Zarrar told Qatar Urdu Radio yesterday. “These countries initially distanced themselves under external pressures but they could not maintain this stance and quickly resumed ties with Qatar,” Zarrar said. “Some small African nations depend on financial aid from the Gulf countries so often that they are under political pressure when it comes to regional politics.” Zarrar was of the opinion that the reason many countries refused to side with the blockading countries of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt was because of Qatar’s dialogue and negotiations.
“Qatar has constantly fought its case on all levels, showing proof that the allegations of the blockading countries are false and unjust. This is why countries have had no reason to severe ties with Qatar,” Zarrar added. Haqeeqat is a joint venture of Gulf Times and Qatar Media Corp Urdu Radio. The show, hosted by Saif-ur-Rehman, aims to engage and interact with the large South Asian expatriate community in Qatar. One can log on to Qatar Urdu Radio on Facebook and ‘@QatarUrduRadio’ on Twitter for feedback and comments about the show.
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