One of the most notable elements of the surge in US-Iran tensions in recent months has been the measured response from GCC states. This has again been the case in the wake of the killing of Iran’s Qassem Soleimani (MEES, 3 January). GCC leaders have called for calm, rational engagement over confrontation and escalation.

As security concerns have escalated in recent months, and Iran has demonstrated its capability to target shipping and assets in Saudi and Emirati territory, leading GCC figures have taken a more prudent approach, adopting a relatively conciliatory tone. (CONTINUED - 997 WORDS)