Kuwait invites Qatar to GCC amid Gulf crises

ANI | Updated: Nov 30, 2017 20:09 IST

Kuwait City [Kuwait], Nov 30 (ANI): Kuwait on Thursday invited Qatar to a summit of Gulf countries next week amid the existent Saudi-led diplomatic boycott of Doha.

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Summit is scheduled for December 5 and 6.

Kuwait, which is not among Arab states boycotting Qatar, invited Qatari emir Sheikh Tamim bin Haman al-Thani to the summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council on December 5 and 6, the state-run KUNA news agency said.

The message was delivered by Kuwait's ambassador to Qatar during a meeting with Qatari emir Sheikh Tamim bin Haman Al Thani on Thursday.

In June, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain abruptly cut diplomatic and commercial ties with Doha.

The quartet has accused Qatar of funding "terrorism", a charge that Doha has vehemently denied, calling it an attempt to isolate it.

Kuwait has been trying to play the mediating role from the past six months for the ongoing Gulf crises.

According to the reports, Bahrain said in October that it will refuse to attend the summit if Doha does not change its policies and urged the other countries to suspend Qatar's membership of the GCC.

The GCC, which was established in 1981, is a political and economic alliance of countries in the Arabian Peninsula.

Its member states are Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

It promotes economic, security, cultural and social cooperation between the six states and holds a summit every year to discuss regional affairs. (ANI)

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