Kuwait's Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah (C) leaves after a news conference at the closing ceremony of the 25th Arab Summit in Kuwait City, March 26, 2014. (REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed)
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Arab leaders, at loggerheads over Arab issues including the situations in Egypt and Syria, offered little evidence of progress after a two-day summit in Kuwait focused on avoiding further divisions.Gulf opposition to Qatar's financial backing of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood and Islamist rebels in Syria burst into the open last month when Saudi Arabia recalled its ambassador from Qatar and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain followed suit. It was not initially clear whether this even had the status of the communiques customarily issued after Arab League summits.The summit came three weeks after Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain – Gulf states that usually keep their arguments behind closed doors – accused Qatar of disregarding an accord not to interfere in fellow Arab states' internal affairs.Saudi Arabia and Qatar have also clashed over Syria, where they have backed different rebel groups that have also fought each other.The declaration calls for a transition of power in Syria, which has been suspended from the Arab League.
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