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Who was – and wasn’t - at the US-GCC summit

Much attention ahead of the 13-14 May US-Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) summit was focused on the decision by King Salman Bin Abdelaziz Al-Saud not to attend, interpreted by many as a sign of Saudi disgruntlement at Obama’s determined pursuit of a deal with Iran. His absence was amplified by the decision of the leaders of Oman, the UAE and Bahrain not to fly to Washington; their non-participation meant that only two of the six Gulf delegations – those of Qatar and Kuwait – were led by heads of state.

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