Conservative Arab regimes are cautiously edging away from neutrality in the Persian Gulf war, Monitor correspondent John Yemma reports.
On Feb. 7, the foreign ministers of the six-state Gulf Cooperation Council issued a communique criticizing Iran and generally supporting Iraq. The communique, prompted by evidence of Iranian involvement in a coup attempt in Bahrain in December, said council members were ''determined to resist subversive actions carried out by Iran with the aim of undermining security and sta- bility.''
The members (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates) said Iraq was seeking a ''just solution'' to the 17-month-old war. Western diplomats acknowledge a growing polarization in the Middle East. Conservative Arab states appear to be lining up behind Iraq, further isolating the more radical states such as Syria.