Gulf Leaders Reject The Obama Invitation
The King of Saudi Arabia Salam bin Abdulaziz who refused the invitation of President Barack Obama to attend a summit held at Camp David, followed most of the leaders of the countries of the Gulf.
The absence of the leaders of the countries of the Gulf have certainly would disrupt talks aimed at strengthening us relations with its allies in the Arabian peninsula.
This also shows the disappointment of rejection of the leaders of the six countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) with the way Washington deals with Iran and their expectations of the outcome of the summits.
After King Salman reject the summit invitation, the delegation of Saudi Arabia will be headed by Prince Mohammad bin Nayef, who is also the Minister of Defense of Saudi Arabia.
In fact, President Obama plans to host a private meeting with King Salman, one day before the meeting was held. Although most of the Gulf leader is not present, Washington appears to have decided to cancel the summits.
In addition to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain as well as ensure will only send the Crown Prince, Prince Salman bin Hamad al Khalifa to attend the summits.
Bahrain, which is very close to diplomatically with Saudi Arabia, is one of the most important U.S. military ally since the country became a base of the United States 5th fleet, which is responsible for the region of the Arabian peninsula and the northern region of the Indian Ocean.
Bahrain also became an important United States naval base in the Gulf region to counterbalance the influence of Iran in the region.
Sultan of Oman Qaboos bin Said will also ensure will not be attending the SUMMIT and the country’s delegation will be led by Deputy Prime Minister Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud Al Said.
Meanwhile, the President of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan also will not attend for reasons of health. The UAE delegation will be led by the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
In the Summit, the Gulf leaders will ask the Obama administration’s support certainty at the moment they feel besieged by Islamic extremist groups and the rise of Iran’s influence.
Gulf countries worry about the nuclear deal between the United States and Iran would make Tehran more courageous act aggressively in the area.
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