Published On: Thu, Sep 21st, 2017

Qatar Gas Supply Uninterrupted by the Arab Blockade

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Qatar Gas SupplyQatar has been standing strong against the economic and social diplomatic cut off with Qatar gas supply being uninterrupted, Saudi Arabia, a regional and religious leader running out of options to keep the states on the Arabian Peninsula within the circle of its geopolitical agenda.

Doha successfully fulfilled international natural gas orders once again this week, the Energy minister Mohammed Bin Saled Al Sada confirmed regarding this fact to reporters and diplomats.

He stated that they never missed on delivering shipments of oil or gas to any of their consumer partners showing their high levels of commitment towards not only the consumers but also economy of their country.

Instead of collapsing without political access to KSA, Bahrain, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates, the world’s largest natural gas exporter proved itself to strong under severe diplomatic suffering. Doha was once dependent on UAE’s ports to dock its massive LNG tankers, but once Abu Dhabi issued an eviction order for Qatari ships and cargo, Oman swiftly became Qatar’s new shipping hub.

It is possible that the Oman arrangement was preplanned by Doha in case of a scenario akin to the one now ongoing for three months. Riyadh has long shown contempt for its small neighbor’s insubordination in maintaining relations with Iran, a country with which Qatar shares the South Pars gas field—the largest gas field in the world. Over the past few weeks, Doha has only upped the bet, deploying a diplomatic team to Tehran and joining a group of ‘Iran sympathizer’ Arab countries. Syria and Algeria are the other two most prominent members of this indie band.

Qatar has maintained its compliance to the November agreement by OPEC to cut bloc wide oil output by 1.2 million barrels per day. Doha, the cartel’s fourth-smallest oil producer, had a quota of 618,000 barrels per day beginning in January 2017 and continuing through March 2018. August data pegs the state’s production to 616,000 bpd, safely below the requirements under the agreement harmonized by the KSA.

But this fact hasn’t earned Qatar any good grace with its former Arab allies.

Arabs stated that yhe coming days will prove Qatari’s alliance with Iran wrong because they know that the Qatari people will never accept the Iranians to play a role in Qatar, he suggested that the rise of Arab Spring-like passion that never quite overcame the country in the movement’s heyday. This made it easy for Doha to implicitly support mass protests in Sunni-led-but-Shiite-populated Bahrain—the country that became one of the initial signatories of the anti-Qatar blockade that began in June.

Kuwait is now the lead mediator between Doha and the anti-Doha axis. President Donald Trump recently applauded Kuwait’s leadership in the issue, pledging to lend an American hand, if need be. But Qatar insists on keeping Al Jazeera live and maintaining its ties to Iran, and has no economic incentive to change its ways.

A tightly anti-Iran Gulf would only serve to heighten tensions in a sensitive region. The Qatar-Saudi dispute looks to be both long and strenuous, but mostly only for the KSA’s ego.

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