Saudis Forming Anti-Shiite 'Club of Kings'
Royal family moves to form alliance against Iran, uprisings
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 27, 2011 10:44 AM CDT
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saudi al-Faisal, left, welcomes Bahrain's Foreign Minister Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmad al-Khalifa upon his arrival in Riyadh.   (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

(Newser) – Saudi Arabia is moving to firm up alliances with Sunni nations in a bid to limit Iran’s influence and stem the tide of revolts in the Arab world. It has asked several countries across the Middle East and Asia, including Pakistan, Malaysia, and Indonesia, to join an informal alliance that will oppose Iran and stifle the Shiite revolt in Bahrain, the Wall Street Journal reports. In his pitch to Pakistan, Prince Bandar bin Sultan al-Saud reportedly argued that America couldn’t be trusted to restore stability.

Saudi Arabia has also asked the rulers of Jordan and Morocco to join the country in a kind of “Club of Kings,” Prince Waleed bin Talal al-Saud tells the New York Times. “We’re sending a message that monarchies are not where this is happening,” the prince says. "We are not trying to get our way by force, but to safeguard our interests." Egypt’s military council, meanwhile, has received $4 billion in Saudi aid, and Saudi diplomats are trying to manage the transition of power in Yemen.

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May 28, 2011 6:32 AM CDT
You don't need to know anything other than these are George Bush and Dick Cheney's mates. That's all you need to know.
May 27, 2011 9:57 PM CDT
This club shows that those guys are scared.
May 27, 2011 12:34 PM CDT
Ugh, this is a disgrace. Arab monarchies were unable to paint democratic uprisings as a result of American influence, so now they will do make it sound like it's all the Shiites fault? The Shiites in Bahrain have been treated like second class citizens for years and everyone who has participated in their recent demonstrations has been treated horrendously. No matter what you think about Iran, not all Shiites are the same and the political aspirations of the ones in Bahrain are probably different than those in Iraq. They're trying to turn their people against an already-oppressed religious group and it's disgusting.