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Qatar re-evaluates key mediator role in Middle East conflict on concerns of ‘political exploitation’

Posted on AllSides April 18th, 2024
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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is greeted by Qatari officials
Jacquelyn Martin | Reuters

Qatar is reconsidering its role as cease-fire broker between Israel and Palestinian militant group Hamas, the Gulf state’s prime minister said, expressing concerns that Doha’s mediation has been subject to “political exploitation.”

In a late-Wednesday statement, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani “lamented the political exploitation by some politicians with narrow interests, marketing their electoral campaigns through the defamation of Qatar’s role.”

He did not reference any politicians or states by name, but noted that Doha has observed the “misuse” of its mediation and “its employment for narrow political interests,”...

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