Saudi Arabia and Qatar Destroying Gulf Cooperation Council Over Support To Radical Islamists

Relations between Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and UAE have been tense since the three countries pulled their ambassadors from Doha in March

Gulf monarchies have indefinitely postponed a ministerial meeting ahead of their annual summit, an official said Monday, amid a simmering dispute over Islamists between Qatar and three other members.

The Gulf Cooperation Council foreign ministers had been scheduled to meet in Doha on Monday, but the talks were postponed without any new date set, a Gulf official told AFP, requesting anonymity.

Ministers from Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates had been due to discuss preparations for the summit scheduled for Doha on 9 December.

Relations between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE sank to a new low in early March, when the three pulled their ambassadors from Doha. The three countries said Qatar had violated the Riyadh Agreement, a security pact put in place between GCC members in 2013,  through meddling in their internal affairs and supporting the Muslim Brotherhood. Details of the agreement are unknown.

Riyadh labels the Brotherhood a “terrorist” group. Doha later asked Brotherhood leaders to leave Qatar, following diplomatic pressure from Saudi Arabia, but differences between the two countries remain.

The delay comes despite shuttle mediation on Friday by emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah of Kuwait, the current president of the oil-rich GCC.

Saudi-owned daily Al-Hayat on Monday cited a “reliable source” as saying the mediation has “not yielded any results”, and that talks were now under way to move the summit to either Kuwait or Riyadh instead.

It also comes as the US and Iran enter a second day of talks in Oman on Monday, ostensibly related to the P5+1 nuclear negotiations although The Times has reported that the two countries are discussing the opening of a US trade office in Tehran if a nuclear deal is reached, unfolding discussions that Gulf monarchies will be watching closely.

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Lebanon Tries To Buy Crappy Egyptian Weaponry To Hold ISIS Off Until Saudi/French Weapons Materialize


Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq headed a security delegation to Egypt on Sunday to purchase military equipment as part of the Saudi grant to the Lebanese army, the al-Joumhouria daily reported.

“The visit aims to purchase military equipment made in Egypt,” for the benefit of the army “and to put efforts together in a bid to combat the spread of terrorism,” the daily said on Monday.

The purchase of these weapons will be part of the one billion dollar grant donated by Saudi Arabia for the security and military institutions to counter terrorism.

Head of al-Mustaqbal movement Saad Hariri had announced the grant during a surprise visit to Lebanon in August.

In a related report, the chief of the Lebanese army Gen. Jean Qahwaji arrived in Cairo on Sunday at the head of a delegation comprising Director General of the Internal Security Forces, Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Basbous and Head of the Information Branch Imad Othman in addition to a number of officers.

On the reason for his visit to Egypt, Mashnouq stated: “There is a common goal of fighting terrorism and preventing extremism. We are here to benefit from the Egyptian experience in this matter.”

Earlier in September, media reports said that a meeting between PM Tammam Salam and Egyptian President Abdul Fatah al-Sisi, on the sidelines of the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York, stressed the willingness of Egypt to help Lebanon “as much as possible, to receive units of the Lebanese army and train them to counter terrorism.”