Gulf States reach agreement to implement security pact
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CAIRO: The Foreign Ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) held a meeting Thursday in Riyadh to agree on ways to implement a cooperative security agreement reached last year, reported the website 24.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates withdrew their ambassadors from Qatar on March 5, accusing Doha of not abiding by November’s agreement, which called for not interfering in each other’s internal affairs.

There has been no reference to the possible return of the countries’ ambassadors to Doha, as the gulf ministers have set in place a two month probation period in order to monitor and evaluate the extent of Qatar’s commitment to the security agreement.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain want Qatar to end any financial or political support to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, Gulf officials said early Thursday according to Reuters.

The Brotherhood was recently declared a terrorist organization by Saudi Arabia, in a move precipitated by the Egyptian army’s ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi on July 3 after mass protests. Egypt’s interim government declared the Brotherhood a terrorist organization on Dec. 25, 2013.

GCC Ministers also demanded that Qatar end its alleged support for Yemen’s Shiite Houthi rebels along the kingdom’s southern border, and to stop granting Qatari nationality to Bahrainians.

In a statement, the GCC secretariat said, “It was agreed upon to adopt the mechanisms that would ensure moving forward in a collective framework, and that the policies of any of the GCC member states would not affect the interests, stability and security of its members and without impacting on the sovereignty of any of its members,” reported the Gulf Times.

According to sources close to the Muslim Brotherhood and experts in political affairs, this agreement will have a negative impact on the group’s leadership, which will try to search for a new base of support, likely to in Turkey or Malaysia, reported Youm7.

Political expert Sameh Rashed told Youm7 that Qatar will try to maneuver on this agreement, and it will implement part of it and will stall on the other part in order to serve its interests.

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