Trump Seeks to Invent ‘Arab NATO’ Against Iran

Similar initiatives by previous US administrations to develop a more formal alliance with Persian Gulf and Arab allies have failed in the past
Trump Seeks to Invent ‘Arab NATO’ Against IranTrump Seeks to Invent ‘Arab NATO’ Against Iran

US President Donald Trump’s administration is quietly pushing ahead with a bid to create a new security and political alliance with six Persian Gulf Arab states, Egypt and Jordan, in part to counter Iran’s expansion in the region, according to US and Arab officials.
The White House wants to see deeper cooperation between the countries on missile defense, military training, counter-terrorism and other issues such as strengthening regional economic and diplomatic ties, four sources said, Reuters reported.
The plan to forge what officials in the White House and Middle East have called an “Arab NATO” of Persian Gulf states allies will likely raise tensions between the United States and Iran, two countries increasingly at odds since Trump took office.
The administration’s hope is that the effort, tentatively known as the Middle East Strategic Alliance (MESA), might be discussed at a summit provisionally scheduled for Washington on Oct. 12-13, several sources said.


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