THE Gulf summit held in Al-Ula in Saudi Arabia at the beginning of this year was an important turning point in the course of the Gulf Cooperation Council, as the solidity of the ties of kinship and cohesion of destiny were reaffirmed.
Therefore, all the meetings that took place after that continue to complement that summit, including the recent visit of the Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman to Abu Dhabi where he met with his UAE counterpart Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed.
This meeting disqualified all illusions of failure to reconcile as per what was experienced in the 41st summit, something that some had started to believe.
For decades, crows in the region have been betting on the fragmentation of the Gulf system. After 2001, the arrows of treachery began to be directed at this organization against the background of the events of September 11 that year, and with it the intrigues of assigning responsibility for these events to some Gulf countries.
The crows were the Muslim Brotherhood Group and the savages of Iranian Mullahs. They strived hard to hit the wedge one after another on this GCC solid wall, until the wave of what was falsely called “The Arab Spring” began in the year 2011. That was when the masks fell from the grim faces conspiring against the unity of the Gulf. Some opportunistic officials tried to transfer chaos to the GCC countries, but their evil scheme was confronted with strong resolve.
Undoubtedly, that stage left its trails on the relations among the GCC brothers, but the efforts exerted by the young Amir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad and the decisive measures he took had helped dispel the clouds that hovered for about five years in the sky of the Gulf Cooperation Council. The Qatari efforts in this regard were boosted by the Kuwaiti efforts headed by the late Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad. He took the initiative to heal the rift from the very first moment until it culminated in the blessing of His Highness Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad at the summit of Al-Ula to turn that page forever.
Each and every member of the Gulf Cooperation Council has a role both regionally and internationally. Therefore, none of them can succeed without the other. It is like an orchestra. Anyone who plays on his own causes the music to go out of tune. Therefore, the Saudi-Emirati-Qatari integration is an essential pillar in this sensitive stage that the region is going through, due to the great capabilities of these countries, whether geographically for Saudi Arabia and the Emirates, or financially and economically for the three countries.
In these countries, young leaders like Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad, and the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who faithfully implements King Salman’s vision for the development of the great kingdom. Through the movement of development and openness, the Saudi Crown Prince turned the tables on all those who tried to bring chaos into Saudi Arabia. This led that country to reach such an advanced level that every Gulf country is proud of, even a loyal Arab.
In the UAE, the efforts made by the powerful Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, who cooperates to a large extent with the Gulf brothers, and with the follow-up of the Vice President Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, served as the main support for the development of the common vision of Gulf relations.
The positions of the three countries, in addition to the Kuwaiti and Omani efforts to confront the attempts to destabilize the Gulf national security, were clearly evident in thwarting the Iranian plan to sabotage Bahrain. The efforts of the Bahraini king and leadership integrated with the brothers to restore its stability. In addition to that is the solidarity shown towards the Sultanate of Oman when Cyclone Shaheen hit recently.
The cooperation council for the Arabian Gulf States is built with solid pillars that cannot be shaken by any storm. Rather, it is an impregnable wall, and the main supporter of the Arab brothers. The Qatari position on Egypt after the reconciliation of the Al-Ula summit is the best example, as the visit of Muhammad bin Abdul Rahman to Abu Dhabi served as a shining point. Also, his visit to Egypt last May was a clear sign, with great indications of the return of Arab solidarity to what it was.
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times