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Apr 20, 2014

Influential cleric attempts to soothe Gulf rift

DOHA (Reuters) – An influential Qatar-based Islamist whose fiery sermons strained ties between Doha and its neighbours sent a conciliatory message to countries he has criticised in an apparent attempt to help end a rift between the Gulf Arab allies.

Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradawi, an Egyptian-born cleric whose sermons have often admonished the authorities in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), said all views expressed in his preaching were his own and not those of Qatar.

Mar 26, 2014

Kuwait summit merely papers over Arab rifts

KUWAIT (Reuters) – Arab leaders, at loggerheads over inter-Arab issues including Egypt and Syria, offered little evidence of progress after a two-day summit in Kuwait focused largely on avoiding further splits.

Gulf opposition to Qatar’s financial backing for Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and Islamist rebels in Syria burst into the open last month when Saudi Arabia recalled its ambassador from Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain followed suit.

Mar 26, 2014

Public rifts at Arab summit likely to satisfy Iran and Syria

KUWAIT (Reuters) – Arab leaders at odds over supporting Islamists in upheavals across the Middle East have proved in no mood to reconcile at a summit this week, an outcome likely to satisfy Syria and Iran in their rivalry with regional heavyweights Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

Heads of state assembled in Kuwait publicly acknowledged they needed to end quarrels that are exacerbating an already catastrophic war in Syria as well as turmoil in Egypt and Iraq.

Mar 26, 2014

Arab states have little to show for tense Kuwait summit

KUWAIT (Reuters) – Arab leaders, at loggerheads over inter-Arab issues including Egypt and Syria, offered little evidence of progress after a two-day summit in Kuwait on Wednesday.

Gulf opposition to Qatar’s financial backing for Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and radical Islamist rebels in Syria burst into the open last month when Saudi Arabia recalled its ambassador from Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain followed suit.

Mar 26, 2014

Arab states pledge to work to end rifts

KUWAIT (Reuters) – Arab leaders, at loggerheads over numerous issues including Egypt and Syria, pledged at the end of a two-day summit in Kuwait on Wednesday to work to end their divisions.

The 22 members of the Arab League also denounced killings of civilians by the Syrian government.

Mar 25, 2014

Kuwait sees “enormous” dangers as Arabs open summit

KUWAIT, March 25 (Reuters) – Warning of “enormous” dangers,
Kuwait urged Arab leaders on Tuesday to end multiple disputes
complicating crises such as Syria’s war and political turmoil in
the most populous Arab state, Egypt.

Kuwait’s emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah, called on the
annual meeting of the 22-member League of Arab States to solve
rifts he said were obstructing joint Arab action.

Mar 25, 2014

Arab summit opens, leaders struggle with multiple rifts

KUWAIT, March 25 (Reuters) – Arab leaders struggling with an
array of foreign policy disputes opened an annual summit on
Tuesday to try to forge a common stand on regional crises such
as Syria’s war, and on what many of them see as the menace of
Iranian-U.S. rapprochement.

The gathering in Kuwait follows an unprecedented row among
members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) alliance of Gulf
Arab states over Qatari support for Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood,
and a verbal spat between Iraq and Saudi Arabia over violence in
Iraq’s Anbar province.

Mar 20, 2014

Defying allies, Qatar unlikely to abandon favoured Syria rebels

DOHA, March 20 (Reuters) – Qatar’s backing for Syrian rebels
widely regarded as jihadi militants might appear a diplomatic
liability at a time when global alarm about al Qaeda is on the
rebound.

But that is not the way things are viewed in the Gulf Arab
state, which is proud of its self-declared campaign to back the
Arab Spring revolts against autocratic rule that began in 2011.

Mar 6, 2014

Qatar ‘will not bow to pressure to alter foreign policy’

DOHA (Reuters) – Qatar will not bow to demands from three Gulf states to alter its foreign policy, sources close to its government said, suggesting Doha is unlikely to abandon support for Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and Syrian Islamists.

In an unprecedented move, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain recalled their ambassadors from Qatar on Wednesday, saying Doha had failed to abide by an accord not to interfere in each others’ internal affairs.

Mar 5, 2014

Three Gulf Arab states recall envoys in rift with Qatar

RIYADH/DOHA (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain withdrew their ambassadors from Qatar on Wednesday in an unprecedented public split between Gulf Arab allies who have fallen out over the role of Islamists in a region in turmoil.

Qatar’s cabinet voiced “regret and surprise” at the decision by the fellow-members of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council, but said Doha would not pull out its own envoys and that it remained committed to GCC security and stability.