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Arab FMs Dead Sea meeting concludes, excludes Qatar

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A Thursday six-country meeting that hosted foreign ministries from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Egypt and Jordan in the Dead Sea region focused on the current challenges facing the region and means to resolve them.

Qatar was not invited to the meeting.

The meeting stressed the significance of reaching a consensus among Arab states on regional security issues, not to mention boosting bilateral relations and regional developments.

Foreign ministers also discussed the security challenges and terrorism threats that threaten the region, and the U.S. sanctions against Iran and the stance of Arab countries in this regard, which will be disclosed during the Warsaw Conference next February.

The situation in Yemen and how the Arab-coalition would resolve the situation there was also discussed during the meeting.

In brief comments made after the one-hour meeting, Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman al-Safadi described the gathering as “positive and fruitful,” as points of view were exchanged regarding the current regional crises and regaining security and stability.

Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan of the UAE attended along with Sameh Shoukri of Egypt, Sabah Khaled Al-Sabah of Kuwait, Adel al-Jubeir of Saudi Arabia and Khalid bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa of Bahrain.

The ministers met with King Abdullah II on Wednesday who, according to his office, stressed the importance of a unified stance on regional issues as he expressed hopes that the meeting would bear positive results.
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