|Chuck Hagel / Saul Loeb, AFP|
This comes after quite a serious diplomatic dispute between Qatar and its fellow GCC member states Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates concerning its own independent foreign policy – which include its support for the Muslim Brotherhood.
That dispute saw these countries withdraw their ambassadors from Qatar last March and threatening to do their utmost to isolate it.
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has said to a meeting of GCC defines ministers that, "The most pressing security challenges threaten this region as a whole - and they demand a collective response."
He went on to contend that, "This approach is how the region must continue to address the threats posed by Iran."
Alluding to the nuclear negotiations between the United States and Iran Hagel also declared that,
"While our strong preference is for a diplomatic solution, the United States will remain postured and prepared to ensure that Iran does not acquire a nuclear weapon – and that Iran abides by the terms of any potential agreement."
On Iran's agenda also is a visit between Iran and Saudi Arabia's foreign ministers. (Reuters, May 14)
Furthermore, it was reported last December that Mr. Hagel announced that his country was going to try and sell weapons to the GCC alliance as a single bloc as a opposed to each state individually.
On that occasion he expressed his wishes to expand U.S.-GCC cooperation and coordination between the military's of the two powers. He said such a set up would "enable the GCC to acquire critical military capabilities, including items for ballistic missile defines, maritime security, and counter-terrorism."