Fresh off the revelation that Saudi King Salman is backing out of plans to attend a Camp David summit, the leaders of several other GCC nations are also revealed to be absent.
None of the leaders of the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Oman will be attending the summit either, though White House officials say they never actually said they were planning to in the first place.
Experts see this as a sign of a growing split between the US and the Arab states, primarily over the P5+1 nuclear talks with Iran, though the White House insisted the Saudis have had only positive things to say about them.
Not every GCC nation will be absent, however. Kuwait’s emir is already in the DC area and has confirmed attendance at the summit, and Qatar’s emir is also expected to attend.