US President Donald Trump considering summit with Arab allies in US

June 24, 2017 10:30 pm

President (C) and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud (R) and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan (light) pose for a group photo during the Arabic Islamic American Summit at the King Abdulaziz Conference Center in Riyadh on May 21, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

US President Donald Trump is reportedly considering bringing leaders from Arab allies together in Washington for a summit to discuss regional issues, including growing tensions over a dispute with Qatar.
The possible gathering, would reportedly include Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Libya and the Maldives, Fox New reported on Friday.
The countries led by Saudi Arabia, cut off diplomatic contact with Qatar earlier this month, after officially accusing it of “sponsoring terrorism.” Qatar has denied the allegations.
Trump would also renew calls for his Arab allies to confront the “crisis of Islamic extremism,” during the summit which is being discussed, Fox has learned.
“It’s a Camp David moment,” the newspaper quoted a senior US official as saying on condition of anonymity. “We’ve seen nothing like this in 40 years, and now the president wants to follow through.”
According to the report, the gathering would be a broad summit modeled on the 1978 Camp David peace accords that led to the 1979 peace treaty between Israel and Egypt.
“The president now wants to bring all the key players to Washington,” the official said. “They need to disavow groups like the [Muslim] Brotherhood for the stability of the Middle East at large.”
The official also told the newspaper that that Trump is interested in behavior modification, and “not just Qatar’s.”
In addition to the Qatar dispute, the possible summit would be also a move to restore American alliances weakened during the administration of former President Barack Obama, an expert told Fox News.
The last time Trump met Saudi leaders in the capital Riyadh, he signed an arms deal worth $110 billion with the Saudis, despite warnings he could be accused of being complicit in the regime’s war crimes in neighboring Yemen and its support for terrorism.
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