President Trump may be calling a Camp David-style summit in an attempt to relieve tensions among U.S. allies in the Arab world, while encouraging them to fight against Islamic extremism.
Fox News reported:
The gathering would follow Saudi Arabia, Egypt and five other Muslim countries severing diplomatic and commercial relations with Qatar. The regional powers had accused the tiny Gulf state of funding terrorism – blasting Qatar for allegedly boosting groups like ISIS, Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood and working with Iran to destabilize the region.
Qatar has denied the allegations that they support terrorism.
According to the report, the White House is considering its options for “overcoming the dispute.” Those options include a summit similar to the 1978 Camp David peace accords. “It’s a Camp David moment. We’ve seen nothing like this in 40 years, and now the president wants to follow through,” a senior White House official told Fox News. The Camp David meeting led to a peace treaty between Israel and Egypt in 1979.
Reportedly, the president wants to bring the key players in the new dispute to Washington. Another source, a Middle East expert with ties to the White House, says the meeting would attempt to strengthen American alliances that were in decline during former President Obama’s terms.
The summit would also aim for broad “behavior modification” regarding terrorism. Last month, while speaking in the Middle East, President Trump called on allies to confront the “crisis of Islamic extremism.”
“The core allies [Egypt, Saudi, UAE and Bahrain] were certainly encouraged by the clear narrative by President Trump in Riyadh, and thus decided to address the Qatar-Ikhwan [Muslim Brotherhood] problem,” said Walid Phares, a Fox News national security and foreign affairs expert. “The speech changed the narrative.”
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