Tension between Iran and the United States have escalated, ever since President Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran deal. Though now, they have soared to new heights due to the Presidents’ recent Twitter spat with the Iranian president Hassan Rouhani. After Rouhani warned that if the U.S. fought Iran it would be the mother of all wars, the President tweeted, “NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL FACE CONSEQUENCES THE LIKE OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE.”
On the heels of this, a NSC spokesman confirmed that there is a Middle Eastern treaty currently being worked on. The middle east strategic alliance is a security, economic and political alliance between six Gulf states, Egypt, and Jordan. Although the idea was originally raised by Saudi Arabia ahead of the Trump’s visit there last March, the White House quickly got on-board and confirmed that it has been in the works for the last several months. The White House hopes that this alliance will foster cooperation on missile defense and counter-terrorism along with deeper political and economic ties. Though the focus of this alliance will be on counteracting Iran’s growing influence in the region along with Russia’s handhold in Syria.
There are obstacles to the alliance that could arise, such as the rift between Qatar and the other Gulf states.The other gulf states boycotted Qatar due to concerns that Qatar was sponsoring terrorism. Qatar is crucial to the alliance as it has the largest American military base in the region. Though it appears it may not be such a rift after all, after an official said that both Saudi Arabia and the UAE had assured the administration that it wouldn’t be a problem.
Iran has released a statement saying that the U.S is just fermenting tension to deepen gaps and would have no result. Though if this alliance becomes reality it will be a tremendous hindrance to Iran.