Former Qatari PM: '40 Years of Bad Policy in the Region' to Blame for ISIS
Former Prime Minister of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani joined Maria Bartiromo on "Sunday Morning Futures" to discuss Qatar’s handling of the "Taliban Five," the history and spread of ISIS, the FIFA investigation into Qatar being awarded the 2022 World Cup and more.
Sheikh Hamad expressed uncertainty about the future of the Taliban Five and how much of a threat they represent.
"How they will behave or how after they leave, this is something which we don't know," Sheikh Hamad said, noting that you can't be sure what someone will do after they leave jail.
Bartiromo asked why the Middle East has turned into a haven for terror groups.
"I think there is turmoil in all the region, and I think this is still in the beginning. I don't think we reached the peak in the region," Sheikh Hamad said. "There is a mess, and this mess is because of 40 years of bad policy in the region. Most of the region [has had] bad policy for 40 years. We have dictatorship which has stayed [for] 40 years. Most think about themselves, how to stay in power. They did not talk about jobs, about development."
"I think if we dealt with the problem more seriously, I mean the United States especially, dealt with us and the region more seriously and [the] Syria problem the first 10 or 12 months, I think we [would] not see ISIS. And also, if we dealt more seriously [with] the problem in Iraq."
He said that multiple political mistakes brought ISIS into the picture, and there is a lot of shock and surprise in the region regarding U.S. foreign policy.
Watch the full "Sunday Morning Futures" interview above to hear more from Sheikh Hamad, including his thoughts on the controversy surrounding Qatar being awarded the 2022 World Cup.
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