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Qatar is like North Korea, says former US strategist

White House former chief strategist Steve Bannon attends joint press conference by U.S. President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House on 17 March, 2017 [Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency]
White House former chief strategist Steve Bannon [Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency]

Former White House strategist Steve Bannon said on Monday that events surrounding Qatar and North Korea are of equal importance, Washington Examiner reported.

“I think the single most important thing that’s happening in the world is the situation in Qatar,” Bannon said at the Hudson Institute. “What’s happening in Qatar is every bit as important as what’s happening in North Korea,” Bannon continued.

Bannon overtly supported the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia’s position for levying a siege on Qatar. The UAE and Saudi block accused Qatar of supporting terrorism and extremism in June. Qatar categorically denied the claims.

Tensions between the US and North Korea have increased over the latter’s proliferation of nuclear weapons. President Donald Trump has used the war of words against North Korea, calling Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader “Little Rocket Man”.

Bannon met with the UAE Ambassador to the US, Yusuf Al-Otaiba, four times in the past five months, Al-Arab reported. The meetings focused on the need to persuade Trump’s administration to adopt the Saudi-UAE block’s position on the siege against Qatar.

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