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Terror and Iraqi Debt Top Post-Saddam Gulf Summit

Fighting Islamist terror and Iraq’s enormous debt top the agenda of U.S.-allied Gulf Arab states who were holding their first meeting in Kuwait on Sunday since the fall of their longtime foe Saddam Hussein. Amid tight security leaders of the oil-rich Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) arrived in Kuwait for two days of talks. Foreign ministers met first, with rulers and head of states to gather later in the day. Saudi Arabia planned to propose “a new approach” to dealing with Islamist extremism in the region which worsened even before the U.S.-led war on Iraq that began in March. The agenda of the annual GCC summit — which groups regional giant Saudi Arabia with Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Oman — has been shaped largely in response to pressures from the United States. Full Story

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