As US is pushing for an anti-Iran alliance, Qatar says that before the security operation can be considered a credible move the Saudi-led siege must come to an end.
The United States of America is hoping to include Qatar in an anti-Iran alliance which could also involve other Gulf States, Egypt, Jordan and Israel.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has met foreign ministers from six countries to discuss plans to counter what is perceived to be a threat from Iran to peace and stability in the region.
Insiders have revealed that deep divisions among the Gulf Cooperation Council states may pose problems for the Middle East Strategic Alliance.
The Deal of the Century
Washington is continuing to push forward with its so-called ‘Deal of the Century‘ for peace in the Middle East. The US hopes to include Israel in any alliance which will in effect bring an end to conflict in the region.
The news follows an announcement that President Trump himself is hoping leaders of the Gulf states will attend a summit in Washington this Autumn to help solve the GCC diplomatic crisis.
The Guardian newspaper in the United Kingdom reported that the summit is likely to go ahead despite Saudi Arabia and the UAE’s insistence that they will not end their siege of Qatar.
Qatar has been pushing for a summit for quite some time, believing there can be no progress in the Gulf dispute without the involvement of the US.
Qatar has lobbied the US to acknowledge that the year-long dispute is damaging to US interests in the region. Mike Pompeo has also urged all parties to end the dispute.
Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt launched a blockade of Qatar on June 5th last year. They accused the country of forging close ties with Iran and supporting terrorism. Qatar has repeatedly denied the claims.