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Bahrain Crown Prince Took Part in Secret Yacht Summit that Discussed Countering Turkey and Iran Influence

2018-03-21 - 9:45 p

Bahrain Mirror: The Lebanese-American businessman, George Nader, organised a secret summit of Arab leaders on a yacht in the Red Sea in late 2015, which was attended by prominent leaders and officials of a number of Arab countries, Middle East Eye revealed.

MEE noted that Nader said this group of states could become a force in the region "that the US government could depend on" to counter the influence of Turkey and Iran, according to two sources briefed on the meeting.

It further stated that Nader brought together Mohammed bin Salman, who was then deputy crown prince of Saudi Arabia; Mohammed bin Zayed, crown prince of Abu Dhabi; Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, president of Egypt; Prince Salman, crown prince of Bahrain; and King Abdullah of Jordan onto the yacht.

During the meeting, Nader, who is co-operating with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Donald Trump's campaign funding, proposed to the leaders gathered on the yacht that they should set up an elite regional group of six countries, which would supplant both the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the moribund Arab League.

Based on Nader's proposal, the states of Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Egypt and Jordan, plus Libya which was not represented at the secret summit, would form the nucleus of pro-US and pro-Israeli states that would replace the GCC and Arab League.

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