Saudi Arabia hosts neighbors amid Qatar tensions, Khashoggi crisis

The Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC) annual summit was set to open in Riyadh on Sunday, with regional unity imperiled by a bitter row between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, which is mired in a diplomatic disaster over the homicide of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The one-day annual gathering of leaders from the six member states is predicted to give attention to safety points, together with the Yemen struggle and Iran’s regional actions, and should contact on oil politics and a protracted boycott of Qatar by some neighbors.

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

Qatar, which final week abruptly introduced it was withdrawing from the oil exporters’ group OPEC, denies the costs and says the boycott goals to curtail its sovereignty.

The Saudi king has invited Qatar’s emir to the summit, however Doha has not stated what degree of illustration it will ship. The emir attended final 12 months’s gathering in Kuwait, whereas Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain despatched extra junior officers.

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

The GCC – arrange in 1980 as a bulwark in opposition to bigger neighbors Iran and Iraq – teams Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait and Qatar. Kuwait’s ties with Riyadh have additionally been strained over management of shared oilfields.

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