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GCC to hold summit in January amid Qatar row, Kuwait says

Dec 17, 2020

Kuwait introduced Thursday that the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) will meet Jan. 5 in Saudi Arabia, as hopes mount for a resolution to the yearslong row between Qatar and its Gulf neighbors 

Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Ahmed Nasser al-Mohammed al-Sabah “expressed his willingness that the Gulf summit be held in Saudi Arabia on January 5, 2021,” stated a assertion from the ministry. 

The annual summit of the GCC member states — the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait and Qatar — will possible be held in December. Final year, Qatari High Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser Al Thani attended the meeting, marking Doha’s top possible-stage representation since its regional competitors began their boycott. 

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt imposed an air, land and sea embargo on Qatar in 2017. The so-called Anti-Dismay Quartet severed ties with the oil-rich Gulf peninsula nation, accusing it of supporting terrorism. Doha denies the allegations. 

Earlier this month, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud stated “important growth” in direction of resolving the Gulf row had been made.

“We hope that this growth can lead to a remaining settlement which looks in attain, and I’m able to whisper that I’m considerably optimistic,” he fast a Rome conference. 

Kuwait and the Trump administration, which views the GCC as a bulwark to Iran, dangle acted as mediators within the diplomatic dispute. President Donald Trump, who spoke by mobile phone with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud on Thursday, has reportedly pressed the four Arab worldwide locations to launch their airspace to Qatari airlines as an preliminary step. 

“President Trump thanked King Salman for his management and expressed his optimism in direction of resolving the Gulf Rift,” a White Apartment assertion stated. 

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