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The GCC's arms race and the Iranian 'threat'

Al Jazeera

For the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members, 2017 is ending with much insecurity and uncertainty. Tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran continue to mount as does friction between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Turkey.


The Latest: Hamas 'shocked' by Saudi comments on Qatar

Associated Press

Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt and Yemen have moved to isolate Qatar, accusing it of harboring extremists and backing Saudi Arabia's regional rival, Iran. Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt and Yemen cut diplomatic ties with the tiny Gulf state, accusing Qatar of harboring extremists and backing Saudi Arabia's regional rival, Iran. Egypt's Al-Azhar, the Sunni Muslim world's foremost Islamic institution, has commended the joint move of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to isolate their Arab neighbor, Qatar, over accusations of supporting terror and backing Iran. Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates severed diplomatic ties with Qatar on Monday and have moved to cut off all air, land and sea routes to the country, which they accuse of supporting terrorism, charges Qatar denies.


The Latest: Turkey's president voices support for Qatar

AP World Headlines

Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt and Yemen have moved to isolate Qatar, accusing it of harboring extremists and backing Saudi Arabia's regional rival, Iran. Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt and Yemen cut diplomatic ties with the tiny Gulf state, accusing Qatar of harboring extremists and backing Saudi Arabia's regional rival, Iran. The move against the tiny Gulf state was taken by Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt and Yemen, who say that Qatar harbors extremists and backs Saudi Arabia's regional rival, Iran. Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates severed diplomatic ties with Qatar on Monday and have moved to cut off all air, land and sea routes to the country, which they accuse of supporting terrorism, charges Qatar denies.


US and GCC agree on bid to block Iran arms smuggling

Al Jazeera

Gulf Arab Countries and the United States have agreed to deploy joint patrols to intercept ships smuggling Iranian weapons to Yemen. The GCC secretary general said the bloc, known as Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), and the United States would stage joint maritime patrols to stop weapons smuggling to Iran. Tuesday's agreement was reached during a meeting between US Defense Secretary Ash Carter and his Gulf Arab counterparts in Riyadh. The two sides also agreed on joint cooperation towards improving Gulf missile defence, special forces and maritime security, but no new deals were announced. Carter is part of the US delegation accompanying President Barack Obama in his current visit to Saudi Arabia.


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AP World Headlines

In this photograph released by the state-run Kuwait News Agency, KUNA, Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, left, and Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al Sabah, right, walk together on an airport tarmac, on Al Thani's arrival in Kuwait. Qatar's foreign minister, carrying a handwritten letter from the country's ruling emir arrived in Kuwait amid a diplomatic crisis engulfing his nation. In this photograph released by the state-run Kuwait News Agency, KUNA, Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, left, and Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al Sabah, right, walk together on an airport tarmac, on Al Thani's arrival in Kuwait. Qatar's foreign minister, carrying a handwritten letter from the country's ruling emir arrived in Kuwait amid a diplomatic crisis engulfing his nation.