File - A general view of the Interior ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) during their meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, May 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
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Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain withdrew their ambassadors from Qatar Wednesday in an unprecedented public split between Gulf Arab allies who have fallen out over the role of Islamists in a region in turmoil.Qatar's Cabinet voiced "regret and surprise" at the decision by the fellow-members of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council, but said Doha would not pull out its own envoys and that it remained committed to GCC security and stability. Saudi Arabia and the UAE are fuming especially over Qatar's support for the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist movement whose political ideology challenges the principle of dynastic rule.Saudi analyst Anwar Edshki said the joint statement was a warning to Qatar to stop inciting violence by Islamists in Egypt.Qatar has been a maverick in the conservative Gulf region, backing Islamist movements in Egypt, Syria and elsewhere that are viewed with suspicion or hostility by some GCC members.Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain said they had acted after GCC foreign ministers meeting in Riyadh Tuesday failed to persuade Qatar to implement the Nov. 23 accord.
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