September 13, 2007


Trade bridges Shi'ite-Sunni divide (Meena Janardhan, 9/14/07, Asia Times)

While Iran and the United States exchange aggressive statements, the Arab countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have been busy building trade relations with Tehran and charting an economic course with a potential of mending ties in a tough neighborhood.

After an official proposal by Iran, the GCC - which groups Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates - is considering negotiations that may lead to the creation of a free-trade area. [...]

The call for economic engagement comes in the background of a flurry of reciprocal visits by Iranian and GCC leaders over the past year. The effort to bridge the Sunni-Shi'ite divide, especially with a view to stabilizing Iraq, has led the Arab League to call for high-level dialogue between the Arabs and Iran.

We should see if they'll let us join.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 13, 2007 8:23 AM

Seems the only thing they can free trade is oil in that area.

Posted by: ic at September 13, 2007 1:08 PM

As soon as they lock the "Death to America! Death to the Great Satan!" crowd into the attic where all ineffectual crazy uncles go, we can talk and trade.

Otherwise, there should be benefits to being our declared friend, and detriments to being our declared enemy. The ball's in their court.

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 13, 2007 7:07 PM

Which benefits only the enemies.

Posted by: oj at September 13, 2007 10:28 PM