West Asia

Cracks in the council

Print edition : January 05, 2018

Kuwait Emir Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah (right) welcomes Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani upon his arrival to attend the annual GCC summit in Kuwait City on December 5. Photo: REUTERS

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir (centre) at the GCC summit in Kuwait City on December 5. Photo: YASSER AL-ZAYYAT/AFP

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Photo: KARIM JAAFAR/AFP

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Photo: HAMAD I MOHAMMED/REUTERS

The failed GCC summit points to a stalemate in West Asia that might last for a while, adversely affecting the economies of its members, and only a change in Saudi policy can reunite the squabbling kingdoms.
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