Saudi Arabia hosts 39th Gulf summit in Riyadh

News Desk , Bol News

07:37:56, Sunday, December 09, 2018

In a tweet on Sunday, on the eve of the 39th Gulf Cooperation Council, Saudi Minister of Information and Culture, Dr. Awwad S. Alawwad, has said that the GCC is a unique opportunity for the Gulf leaders to unite on a platform and develop consensus on some of the pressing issues facing the Arabian Peninsula, while taking concerte steps to meet the aspirations of the peoples in the face of greater economic and security challenges.  

Gulf leaders and officials are set to meet in Riyadh for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit on Sunday. 

The one-day annual gathering of leaders from the six member states is expected to focus on security issues, including the Yemen war and Iran's regional activities, and may touch on oil politics and a prolonged boycott of Qatar by some neighbors.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and non-GCC member Egypt cut diplomatic and economic ties with Qatar in June 2017 over allegations of supporting terrorism.

Qatar, which last week abruptly announced it was withdrawing from the oil exporters' group OPEC, denies the charges and says the boycott aims to curtail its sovereignty.

The Saudi king has invited Qatar's emir to the summit, but Doha has not said what level of representation it would send. The emir attended last year's gathering in Kuwait, while Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain sent more junior officials.

The UAE delegation to the Riyadh summit will be headed by Prime Minister and Vice-President Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, who is also ruler of Dubai.

The GCC, a political and economic alliance of countries in the Arabian Peninsula, was establish to foster socioeconomic, security, and cultural cooperation. 

 

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