Arabs of the Persian Gulf, cautious
The Taliban’s takeover of power worries the Arab countries of the Persian Gulf and, in particular, Saudi Arabia, which fear that the victory of the movement will lead to the resurgence of radical Sunni groups throughout the region, but are open to the change of government in Kabul.
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) established ties with the Taliban regime between 1996 and 2001, but both withdrew their support after the 9/11 attacks in the United States and the Taliban’s refusal to hand over the leader of the terrorist network. Al Qaeda, the Saudi Osama bin Laden, to his native country.
The welcome of the return of the Taliban by armed groups present in the Gulf, such as Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or by Palestinian factions and others considered “enemies”, such as the Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah, has put Saudi Arabia and the UAE on guard, who seek to be a benchmark for the Muslim world.