Qatar leader plans to attend GCC summit amid boycott

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has prevented others from taking credit for his liberal reforms

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has prevented others from taking credit for his liberal reformsFAYEZ NURELDINE AFP GETTY IMAGES

The meeting was also attended by UAE state minister for foreign affairs Anwar Gargash and Bahrain's assistant foreign minister, Abdullah al-Dossari. It quoted Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani as confirming the emir's attendance and saying he hoped "all parties involved do not need a Western party to intervene".

He stressed the importance of GCC meetings in continuing cooperation between the member states for the interest of the people and to confront the dangers threatening the security and stability of the region.

The meeting is to begin on Tuesday but the fact that it will take place at all comes as a surprise, given the unusually sharp criticism among the typically clubby members of the GCC pointed at Doha.

However, Kuwait appeared in recent days to secure promises from the GCC to attend its annual high-level summit.

In June, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain severed diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism. Doha denies the allegations.

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The last GCC summit was held in Bahrain in 2016.

The U.S., which has some 10,000 troops stationed at Qatar's sprawling al-Udeid Air Base as part of its campaign against the Islamic State group and the war in Afghanistan, also has sought to end the crisis.

Qatar has accepted the invitation by Kuwait to attend the upcoming summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in Kuwait, Qatar's English newspaper Gulf Times reported on Monday. A Trump-prompted September 9 call between Qatar's Sheikh Tamim and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman that offered a chance at negotiations also broke down in mutual recriminations.

The agenda of this year's summit has not been made public, but the crisis is expected to feature at the forefront of discussions.

KUNA said Abdullatif bin Rashid al-Zayani, the GCC secretary-general, called for the maintenance of strategic ties between the member states while describing the ministerial meeting as one of the successes of the summit.

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