It’s been an interesting few weeks, but as we reported earlier this week, the Qatari government is looking to push its new energy policy.
Now, an article published by The Washington Post has revealed a number of countries have been “bounced” from the Qatar Energy Council’s list of “Qatar-listed” entities, making them ineligible to receive U.S. financial aid.
The new list includes Qatar’s neighbor Bahrain, which was included in last year’s list, but has not been included in this year’s iteration.
Bahrain is listed in the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals and has been a signatory to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The report did not name Bahrain as a “Qatari” entity, but it did note that the government has signed a new energy agreement with Bahrain and has “a history of supporting clean energy.”
It also did not reveal whether Bahrain had been excluded from the QEC’s new list of entities.
The QEC, a group of energy companies that includes the Qatar Petroleum Corp., announced its intent to create a new, separate group in 2018 that would be able to operate as a full-fledged business.
This would include oil and gas production and exploration, the production of biofuels, renewable energy and the transport of energy and other goods, among other things.
The group would also be able, the Post reported, to engage in trade, and it would be tasked with negotiating and signing deals with international and domestic partners.
While this news may be a welcome development, it comes with a number concerns.
First, the report is incomplete.
The U.K.-based Middle East Eye, which first reported on the new list, says it does not identify which countries were excluded from QECs list.
The Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies also did a thorough review of the new QEC list.
According to that report, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and the United Arab Emirates are all listed as entities that are “not in compliance with the Sustainable Development Goal 2020 commitments” as of January 2020.
The list also includes Syria, where the QMC and other members of the coalition have been bombing, as well as Somalia and Yemen.
The US is not included in the new “Q&A” section of the report, but the report notes that U.s. companies are eligible for US economic assistance under the US Export-Import Bank (EIB), which has “long supported the Q&