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‘Pillars’ of Gulf House

THE structure of the Gulf Cooperation Council nations indicates the people are one family and none of them will shy away when it comes to keeping their house intact. Keeping this in mind Kuwait and Oman exerted tremendous efforts to blow away the winds of mistrust between sisterly countries — the State of Qatar on one hand and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Kingdom of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates on the other. These efforts have not only ended the crises, but closed the chapter for good. No two Gulf states can have different opinions because that can put in danger the entire family (the Gulf Cooperation Council). Because of the sensitivity of the current situation it is imperative that all member states stand united.

Sultan Qaboos of Oman in response to efforts exerted by HH the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad ended the chapter of differences between brothers. In the words of Oman’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Yusuf bin Alawi, ‘The storm has passed over’. There is no doubt every storm leaves a dirty trail, but it is crucial to rise from the debris and ‘rebuild the house’ to give it its original shape. This is a normal phenomenon which only time can tell. The Sultanate of Oman and the State of Kuwait are renowned for serene diplomacy away from the media buzz. That is why, the outcome of such type of diplomacy is seen only when the fruit is ripe.
When we talk about this ‘passing storm’, working from within the walls of the ‘Gulf House’ was the best response to those who tried to kick the dust following the ‘withdrawal of ambassadors’ — particularly those from outside the GCC — the malice-filled people who are well-known to muddy the waters for selfish reasons.

Nonetheless, the efforts which have been exerted following the withdrawal of ambassadors — Kuwaiti or Omani — have helped solve the problem without outside interference. The Sultanate of Oman, as we know it, is neither concerned about what others think nor those who find our issues mystifying due to their ignorance of the nature of the GCC states especially with relation to the role the Sultanate of Oman plays in the GCC family because Muscat is not less keen to protect this ‘family’ unity. We don’t need to put a number of indicate instances and wise visions. This ‘passing storm’ has proven that the pillars of a strong house cannot be shaken by a storm in a tea cup. Not even a hurricane can shake the foundations and the walls of the house which have been built by the vision of wise leaders who had realized from the very beginning that their very existence and well-being lies in cooperation to cement their unity.

Therefore, those who have stood united in the face violent hurricanes in the past cannot be divided by differences of opinion particularly since there is always someone who is working silently to dust away these misunderstandings among brothers which are bound to occur sometimes. When Kuwait moved to quell the situation Oman followed and cemented this move and here we are — the Gulf Cooperation Council - enjoying the fruits of the harvest. When Yusuf bin Alawi said: ‘The storm has passed over’ every Gulf citizen felt bygones are bygones whose details no longer matter at this point in time.

By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times

By: Ahmed Al-Jarallah

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