If the US genuinely wanted to counter Iran, and strengthen Iraq, it would put its considerable resources towards helping Iraqis build an authentic national movement that represents all Iraqis.
Saudi Arabia, along with Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, severed diplomatic ties with Qatar in 2017, accusing it of supporting terrorism and fostering close ties with their regional rival Iran. Doha denies the allegations.
In June of last year, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain collectively severed ties with Doha, accusing it of supporting terrorism.
The small island nation of Bahrain announced on April 1, that it had discovered extensive tight oil and deep gas resources off the west coast of the kingdom, which could make the once marginal oil producer potentially a major player in the market.
Led by Saudi Arabia, several states in the Middle East and Africa have severed ties with Qatar, accusing the gas-rich Gulf state of supporting terrorism and Iran. Qatar denies the allegations.
If Kuwait and other mediating countries cannot make a breakthrough soon its unclear how the summit can even take place. What is clear is that it will take a long time for the people and the governments of the Gulf to trust each other again.
Turkey, which has stood by Qatar during its diplomatic crisis with its Arab Gulf neighbours, has sent 100 cargo planes with supplies to Qatar after it came under an air and sea embargo.
Qatar blames the hacking of its official news agency website for controversial comments falsely attributed to its leader which caused a diplomatic spat with its neighbours in the Arab Gulf.
The measure is expected to go to the full UN General Assembly for a vote in late November or early December.
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