US Secretary of State Pompeo urges Gulf states to heal rift

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to the media within the briefing room on the Department of State, on November 20, 2018 in Washington, DC. 

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated on Sunday rift between Qatar and its Arab Gulf neighbors had gone on for too lengthy.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and non-Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member Egypt reduce diplomatic, transport and commerce ties with Qatar in June 2017, accusing it of supporting terrorism and their regional foe Shi’ite Muslim Iran – one thing Doha denies.

The United States, an ally of the six-nation Sunni Muslim GCC, sees the rift as a menace to efforts to include Iran and has pushed for a united Gulf entrance.

“When we have a common challenge, disputes between countries with shared objectives are never helpful,” he stated at a press convention within the Qatari capital Doha.

“They never permit you to have as robust a response to common adversaries or common challenges as you might,” he added.

Doha says the boycott goals to undermine its sovereignty.

“We’re hoping that the unity of GCC will increase in the days and weeks and months ahead,” Pompeo stated, including that Gulf unity was important for a deliberate Middle East Strategic Alliance that will additionally embrace Jordan and Egypt.

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