The “actual” ruler of the Emirates, Mohammed bin Zayed, committed a life or death adventure when he strongly and publicly supported Prince Mohammed bin Salman in his coup against his uncles and cousins, arresting them and looting their money, and even torturing them old and young, and we said an adventure of death or life because if this coup failed, God alone knows how It will be the fate of Mohammed bin Zayed, although the failure of the coup still exists.
I do not know whether the price of this support is worth this dangerous adventure. Perhaps, the price that bin Zayed wants from his new ally, Mohammed bin Salman, in return for this support, was to withdraw the Jeddah Agreement in 1974 and restore the Shaybah field, which was taken from the Emirates by force, and then “officially” via That agreement was signed by Sheikh Zayed by force, so that when he refused to sign, he was beaten, which caused a deep wound to Sheikh Zayed that accompanied him until his death, and he is still engulfed in the chests of his children after him. We are talking about the third largest oil field on the face of the earth, pulled out from their hands. From the big brother in a moment of weakness.
The ambitions of Mohammed bin Zayed
Ibn Zayed may covet and demand the withdrawal of Saudi Arabia from the land strip that isolated the Emirates from Qatar, and perhaps the restoration of the Emirati island of Al-Hiyasat, which Saudi Arabia seized in that treaty.
Bin Zayed did not obtain any of this, not even some of it. Rather, for the first time, Ibn Salman placed some military equipment on Al-Hiyasat Island, confirming its ownership, and perhaps for another purpose.
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And when Ibn Salman, through OPEC Plus, refused to tolerate his ally, Mohammed bin Zayed, in increasing the amount of oil he would like to produce through the quotas shared by the members of OPEC Plus, Ibn Zaida became angry, so his bold reaction was in the face of the “Big Brother”, when he first felt Once he returned with nostalgia after his deadly adventure, and he would not have done it if he had not believed that he had become protected by virtue of his relationship with the Zionist entity.
In 2009, when the UAE withdrew from the GCC monetary union project due to Saudi Arabia’s refusal to choose it as a center for the future Gulf Central Bank, Saudi Arabia responded with several punitive measures that almost amounted to a war. At that time, Mohammed bin Zayed said to an American official bitterly: Look what our great neighbor is doing to us. This is always the case with us and with all the Gulf states in every dispute.. He told another American official: Iran is our first enemy, but do you know who is our second enemy? It’s Saudi Arabia! The American official was expected to say “Israel”.
This hostility did not stem from the events of these decades, but rather goes far to the Wahhabi invasions on the coast, or as Mohammed bin Zayed said to American officials: “We fought 57 battles during the last 250 years to repel the Saudis’ attempts to occupy the Emirates,” meaning the ununited emirates of the coast, and in all cases they were These invasions are lightning aimed at robbery.
But the greatest danger occurred when Aramco experts discovered in the late forties of the last century huge quantities of oil in the UAE’s Zarara area (the Shaybah field currently), so Aramco asked Prince Faisal bin Abdulaziz to take possession of this area at any price in return for sharing the field’s output equally between Aramco His father, King Abdulaziz.
And Faisal kept trying to get it by roundabout ways, so that in 1952 he offered Sheikh Zayed, who was the area under his control on behalf of his brother, Sheikh Shakhbut, a bribe amounting to 42 million dollars, which was recorded in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest bribe offered, along with a modern car and three pistols as a gift. From “Abdullah Al-Qurashi”, although in the early seventies of the last century the bribery amounted to $100 million, which was rejected as before.
In 1955, British and Omani forces and forces affiliated with the Emirate of Abu Dhabi expelled the Saudi forces that had controlled the area at an earlier time.
In 1968, when Britain announced the end of its treaties with the Trucial Coast, Prince Faisal came back and pounced on it again and occupied it, considering it Saudi land. Which led to a British-American dispute on behalf of its oil companies on both sides, which led to the entire case being referred to the International Court, which did not reach a final result (for political reasons), although it tilted in favor of the UAE side.
And when the Emirates were unified in 1971, Saudi Arabia refused to recognize it until after all the outstanding issues that King Faisal wanted to solve, including handing over the three islands: Abu Musa and the Great and Lesser Tunbs to the Shah of Iran, in exchange for his relinquishing the claim to Bahrain, and because these islands are owned by the Qawasim, the enemies of rulers Abu Dhabi traditionalists, this request did not meet with an objection. But the objection was to the Saudis’ claim to what was under the ownership of Abu Dhabi, which King Faisal was able to extract by force through the Jeddah Agreement in 1974, as mentioned above.
Saudi Arabia left this agreement a secret because of the obvious injustice in the Emirates that may cause embarrassment to the Saudis, and for fear that the incident of the attack on its position would be revealed.
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In 1993, Saudi Arabia handed over this agreement to the United Nations, along with maps, and received it just as it receives any other document.
Saudi Arabia always deludes the UAE that it has registered it in the United Nations as an effective matter.
The UAE rejected many points of this agreement, but in 2005 it rejected it completely, after Saudi Arabia refused to build the bridge that the UAE was planning to build between it and Qatar.
It is the bridge over which the UAE government has prepared 27 plans in order to respond to the Saudi refusal, the first of which is international arbitration and the last of which is war, as Emirati Ambassador Yousef Al-Otaiba mentioned to US General John Abizaid. (WikiLeaks, July 25, 2005), including what one of Mohammed bin Zayed’s advisers, Abdullah bin Rashid Al-Nuaimi, told an American official that the UAE might withdraw its forces from Hafr Al-Batin, a force among the forces of the Gulf Cooperation Council stationed in Hafr Al-Batin in order to protect Saudi Arabia. From any possible Iraqi invasion, of course we haven’t seen any of this or that.
Saudi Arabia says that this bridge is inconsistent with the 1974 Jeddah Agreement, and when the Emiratis asked how it contradicts it and the bridge will cross the waters of the land strip separating the Emirates and Qatar, the Saudis replied: “The land and sea of the strip are ours.” The surprising thing is that the 1974 Jeddah Agreement mentions this in a strange detail in which it says You have the water and what is in its depth, and we have the atmosphere above it. Thus, the first to plan to isolate and “siege” Qatar and separate it from the Emirates is King Faisal bin Abdulaziz, and Mohammed bin Zayed said it to General Abi Zaid in 2005 frankly: Saudi Arabia does not want its neighbors in The Gulf states have to communicate through borders to remain weak under their grip.
Meeting of Mohammed bin Salman and Mohammed bin Zayed
The UAE has repeatedly tried to calmly solve the problem of the bridge, the last of which was the meeting of Mohammed bin Zayed with Mohammed bin Nayef in Morocco, which failed miserably. Perhaps the failure of this meeting is one of the most important reasons that prompted Mohammed bin Zayed to support Mohammed bin Salman in dissolving his cousin Mohammed bin Nayef.
And Mohammed bin Zayed was more frank and clear with the commander of the US fleet operations, Gary Rigghd, in 2008, when he told him, “Their threats will not weaken us. I will focus on defeating my enemy so that he will think twice before attacking us that we have a vision to become a nation despite the dangers posed to us by aging societies.” He means Saudi. (WikiLeaks April 21, 2008)
The UAE did not leave an opportunity to present its grievances with every foreign visitor who visits it. All foreign officials who usually come to the UAE to discuss international (files) were taken over by Mohammed bin Zayed. You find him opening with them the issue of the border with Saudi Arabia and the Shaybah or Zarara field with his Emirati name, and the UAE raised the case Several times to many countries, such as America, Britain, France and Canada, Mohammed bin Zayed even asked American military generals to visit the border with him to see for themselves the extent of the injustice they were subjected to by the “Big Brother”.
Will this hatred end? Through my knowledge of their history and psychology in many events, I am certain that Saudi Arabia cannot give up the Shaybah field or the strip of Khor Al-Adeed, and at the same time the rulers of the Emirates will never forgive them this usurped right. To God it is before and after.
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