Pom­peo urges Gulf na­tions to heal rift

Khaleej Times - - FRONT PAGE -

doha — US Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo said on Sun­day that a rift be­tween Qatar and its Arab Gulf neigh­bours had gone on for too long.

Saudi Ara­bia, the UAE, Bahrain and non-Gulf Co­op­er­a­tion Coun­cil (GCC) mem­ber Egypt cut diplo­matic, trans­port and trade ties with Qatar in June 2017, ac­cus­ing it of sup­port­ing ter­ror­ism and Iran.

The United States, an ally of the GCC, sees the rift as a threat to ef­forts to con­tain Iran and has pushed for a united Gulf front.

“We’re hop­ing that the unity of GCC will in­crease in the days and weeks and months ahead,” Pom­peo said, adding that Gulf unity was es­sen­tial for a planned Mid­dle East Strate­gic Al­liance that would also in­clude Jordan and Egypt. He was speak­ing at a press con­fer­ence in Doha. —

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