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Relations with Qatar key to constraining Iran

President Trump welcomed the Emir of Qatar to the White House on Tuesday.
President Donald Trump shakes hands with Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani. Photo: Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post via Getty Images

President Trump's meeting with the Emir of Qatar on Tuesday is a sign that the U.S. is "getting our normal historic relationship with the region back on track," according to David Mack, a scholar at the Middle East Institute and former U.S. ambassador to the UAE.

Why it matters: The breakdown of relations within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has "weakened the United States," Mack told Axios, when it comes to handling international terrorism and confronting Iran.