File - Arab gulf leaders, May 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
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A breach between Qatar and some of its Gulf Arab neighbors is a pivotal test for a 3-decade-old union of monarchies formed to stand united when threatened by common enemies.Now, even as most Gulf Arab economies are booming and the GCC touts itself as a rare outpost of stability in a turbulent region, the member countries have never appeared more divided.Saudi Arabia and the UAE are incensed by Qatar's support for the Muslim Brotherhood, which they regard as a dangerous political enemy.UAE media quoted Qatari Foreign Minister Khaled al-Attiyah as saying the comments did not reflect Qatar's views.Unlike in the past, the Gulf states cannot count on strong Arab allies with large armies to see off external threats.Saudi Arabia and Qatar in particular have had a series of disputes, including border clashes in 1992 that led to several deaths and a five-year period from 2002 when Riyadh had no ambassador in Doha after arguments about Al-Jazeera broadcasts.Riyadh has pushed hard since late 2011 for the GCC to forge a closer union on a shared foreign and security policy.
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