GCC TEN­SIONS RESUR­FACE

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The rift be­tween Qatar and other GCC states was re­vis­ited with dis­rup­tion over the re­port pre­pared to mon­i­tor the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Riyadh Agree­ment.

atar has re­port­edly re­fused to sign the fi­nal re­port, which was due to be sub­mit­ted to the for­eign min­is­ters of the mem­ber coun­tries be­fore be­ing dis­cussed at the next GCC meet­ing at the end of Au­gust in Jed­dah. Re­port­edly Doha was of­fended at the in­sis­tence by the UAE, Sau­dia Ara­bia and Bahrain that it needed to show “proof of com­pli­ance”, ac­cord­ing to a London-based daily. Re­port­edly, the agree­ment deals with the ban on GCC states sup­port­ing ter­ror-re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties, in­ter­fer­ence with the do­mes­tic af­fairs of other GCC states, or adopt­ing for­eign poli­cies harm­ful to the in­ter­ests of the other state mem­bers, in ad­di­tion to Qatar-spe­cific cases like the grant­ing of cit­i­zen­ship to Bahraini na­tion­als.

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