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Top Saudi officials head to Qatar in an effort to heal breach
By REUTERS
08/27/2014
 
DUBAI - Three Saudi princes, including Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal, flew to Qatar on Wednesday as part of a diplomatic push to repair a rift in the US-allied Gulf Cooperation Council, state media reported.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates recalled their ambassadors to Qatar in March, accusing Doha of failing to abide by an agreement not to interfere in one another's internal affairs. So far, efforts to resolve the dispute have failed.

The meeting comes amid growing concern in the Gulf over an increasing threat from the Islamic State, a splinter group of al-Qaida. The IS has captured swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq in recent months, next door to some Gulf states.

Saudi Arabia's SPA news agency said Prince Saud and the head of general intelligence, Prince Khaled bin Bandar, and Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef arrived in Doha on a "short brotherly visit". Qatar's QNA news agency carried a similar report, giving no details on the purpose of the trip.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE fell out with Qatar over the role of Islamists, including the Muslim Brotherhood, in the region. Gulf officials have said the three want Qatar to end any financial or political support for the Brotherhood, which has been declared a terrorist organization by Saudi Arabia.
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