Saudi King Abdullah meets with rulers from the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council member-states in an emergency session in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Nov. 16, 2014.(AP/SPA)
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Gulf Arab states have shelved a bitter row, hoping to repair an alliance that has been sorely tested by chaos in the Middle East and the prospect of an Iranian nuclear deal that could tilt the regional balance of power toward their old foe Tehran.An official photograph showed Qatar's youthful emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamid al-Thani, kissing the head of Saudi King Abdullah, who is over 90, in reconciliation at the meeting of Gulf Arab rulers in Riyadh.Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE withdrew their envoys in March. They accused Qatar of failing to abide by an agreement not to interfere in one another's internal affairs and not to support the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood, seen as a terrorist group by some Gulf Arab states. Officials said that the possibility of a thaw in relations between Tehran and the U.S., the Gulf states' main ally, following any nuclear accord was a constant preoccupation of the Gulf Arab rulers, but it was not the immediate cause of Sunday's agreement.
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