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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 23, 2014

Foreign policy rifts beset Arabs ahead of summit

DUBAI/KUWAIT, March 23 (Reuters) – Rifts over foreign policy
will likely make it harder for Arab leaders meeting at a summit
this week to forge a common stand on regional challenges,
including what many of them see as a threat from Iranian-U.S.
rapprochement.

And while the Arab League meeting may agree more
humanitarian action in response to Syria’s war, any communique
calling for the removal of President Bashar al-Assad will not
reflect divergent views behind the scenes about the Syrian
leader’s handling of the conflict.

Mar 23, 2014

Rifts beset Arabs ahead of summit amid worries about Iran

DUBAI/KUWAIT, March 23 (Reuters) – Rifts over foreign policy
will likely make it harder for Arab leaders meeting at a summit
this week to forge a common stand on regional challenges,
including what many of them see as a threat from Iranian-U.S.
rapprochement.

And while the Arab League meeting may agree more
humanitarian action in response to Syria’s war, any communique
calling for the removal of President Bashar al-Assad will not
reflect divergent views behind the scenes about the Syrian
leader’s handling of the conflict.

Mar 12, 2014

Saudi listing of Brotherhood as terrorist group complicates Gulf ties

DUBAI/KUWAIT (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s fierce campaign against the Muslim Brotherhood, already on the run in its Egyptian birthplace, has divided a Gulf Arab bloc, causing discomfort in some member states where the Islamist group is embedded in daily politics.

Feuding with Qatar over Islam’s place in a turbulent Arab world, Riyadh recalled its ambassador from Doha last week and branded the Brotherhood, a Qatari ally, a terrorist group.

Mar 6, 2014

Qatar rift is pivotal test for disunited Gulf families

RIYADH/KUWAIT (Reuters) – A breach between Qatar and some of its Gulf Arab neighbors is a pivotal test for a three-decade-old union of monarchies formed to stand united when threatened by common enemies.

The six neighbors have struggled for years to transform their alliance from a simple security pact into an integrated economy. But plans for a customs union, integrated power grids and a joint military command remain unfinished or unrealized.

    • About Sylvia

      "Sylvia is based in Beirut, covering Lebanon and Syria. She joined Reuters as a graduate trainee in 2006 and has been based in London, Berlin, Frankfurt, Vienna and Kuwait and has reported from South Korea, Tunisia, Egypt and Iraq. She moved to Beirut in 2014."
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