King Salman of Saudi Arabia announced that he will not participate in the meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council convened at Camp David by President Obama, on the 13th and 14th May 2015. His spokesman indicated that the king was not available on those dates, that he was dealing with the cease-fire in Yemen, and had to inaugurate the King Salman Centre for Humanitarian Aid.

The Saudi delegation will be led by crown prince Mohammad ben Nayef and will include the king’s son and Minister of Defence, prince Mohammad ben Salman.

Following the Saudi example, the King of Bahreïn, Hamad ben Issa al-Khalifa, the President of the United Arab Emirates, prince Khalifa ben Zayed Al Nahyane, and Sultan Qabous of Oman have all announced that they are unwell and are distressed that they will be unable to respond to President Barack Obama’s invitation.

Only the Emirs of Qatar and Koweït, Tamim ben Hamad Al Thani and Sabah el-Ahmad el-Jaber Al Sabah, will make the trip to Camp David.

The summit is intended to specify the conditions for the creation of an Arab NATO under the command of Israel [1] and put an end to the project for the invasion of North Syria by the Kurdish Regional Government of Iraq [2].

This diplomatic incident occurs while Saudi Arabia is negociating a cease-fire in Yemen, the first theatre of intervention by the Arab Force under Israeli command.

Pete Kimberley

[1The « Arab » Common Defence Force”, by Thierry Meyssan, Translation Pete Kimberley, Voltaire Network, 14 May 2015.

[2How Israel wants to restart the war in the Levant”, by Thierry Meyssan, Translation Pete Kimberley, Voltaire Network, 15 May 2015.