Except for the conflict with Iran has been overshadowed, especially the continuing crisis in relation to Qatar, the summit of the Gulf States. The Emir of Qatar, Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, suggested the invitation of the Saudi’s king and sent instead a Minister of state at the Meeting of the Gulf cooperation Council in Saudi Arabia’s capital, Riyadh.

nevertheless, urged king Salman in his opening, the unity of the Gulf States and handle to talk to the rivals of Iran in sharp focus. “The Regime in Iran continues to interfere in the internal Affairs of neighboring States,” said Salman. The country support terrorism and threaten the stability of the Region.

Pointedly had the host of the meeting, posters in Riyadh, hanging, on which stood: “Our Arabian Peninsula: a goal”. The question of whether the Emir of Qatar will personally travel to Saudi Arabia, had characterized the meeting, the mood before the summit. It should actually improve relations between the countries. Apart from economic cooperation, there is also the security policy.

of Oman and the United Arab Emirates sent deputies

Because of its closer ties to Iran, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain in the summer of 2017, a Blockade against the small but rich Qatar is imposed. They accuse the Emirate of terrorist support. Qatar denies the allegations. Recently, the country from the organization of petroleum exporting countries (Opec) came out. The current crisis is one of the most serious internal conflict since the founding of the Gulf cooperation Council 37 years ago.

The Emir of Kuwait, Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah, called on the Gulf States, mutual accusations and attacks on the media. Shortly before the foreign Minister had criticised Bahrain’s public absence of the Qatari Emir. As well as the Oman and the UAE, Qatar sent a Delegation with representatives.

pressure on Saudi-Arabia

the ongoing Yemen war makes for conflicts between the States in the Gulf. Saudi Arabia is leading a military coalition of Sunni dominated Arab States, on the side of the internationally recognized government of Yemen against the Iranian-backed Shiite Houthi rebels. The US had recently increased the pressure on Saudi Arabia in the Yemen war, and peace talks pushed.

Also the murder of the critical saudi had brought Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the Royal house in Riyadh, and, above all, heir to the throne, Mohammed bin Salman international heavy criticism.


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