Region threatened as Gulf leaders hold summit

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RIYADH: Solutions will be hard to find on Tuesday when Gulf monarchs hold their annual summit in a region threatened by jihadists and a war in Yemen that has raised tensions with Iran. “You go down that list, it’s very complex,” Anthony Cordesman, of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, said of the challenges facing leaders of the oil- and gas-rich region. The six Sunni-dominated Gulf Cooperation Council states will gather in the Saudi capital, still worried that Shiite Iran might be able to develop an atomic bomb. Their concerns persist despite assurances from Washington and Paris that an international accord being drafted aims to prevent that.

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