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Qatar FM hopes GCC summit will help resolve ongoing diplomatic crisis

Foreign ministers for Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries held a meeting on Monday in preparation for the 38th session of the GCC Supreme Council, a two-day summit which is to commence in Kuwait on Thursday.

The Qatari foreign minister stated on Sunday that Qatar’s Emir, Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, will attend the GCC summit, and it may contribute to progress in resolving the ongoing regional diplomatic crisis.

In the Monday’s preparatory meeting, Kuwait’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sabah al-Khaled, urged a reinforcement of unity and cooperation among Gulf countries,¬†according to Kuwait News Agency.

This was the first meeting in which Saudi and Emirati foreign ministers were present with Qatar for dialogue, following June’s Gulf-Qatar crisis which led to a boycott of the latter.

There were also unconfirmed reports that the¬†Saudi king, Salman bin Abdul Aziz, is likely to be attending the summit to discuss “sensitive issues.”

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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