Qatar FM, ministers of Saudi, UAE, Bahrain attend round-table talks
December 04 2017 07:48 PM
Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani (C) attending the meeting of the Gulf Coop
Qatar Foreign Minister HE Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani (C) attending the meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) of foreign ministers at the Bayan palace in Kuwait City.

AFP/Kuwait City

The foreign ministers of Qatar and Saudi Arabia attended round-table talks Monday ahead of a regional Gulf summit, in first such meeting since Riyadh cut all ties with Doha.
The meeting was also attended by UAE state minister for foreign affairs Anwar Gargash and Bahrain's assistant foreign minister, Abdullah al-Dossari.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, as well as Egypt on June 5 severed all political and economic relations with Qatar.
They accused the country of backing extremist groups, a charge Qatar strongly denies.
Oman's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Yussef bin Alawi sat between Qatar Foreign Minister HE Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani  and his Saudi counterpart Adel al-Jubeir.
Monday's meeting, which was also attended by the foreign ministers of Kuwait and Oman, is to prepare the agenda for the GCC annual summit in Kuwait City on December 5 and 6.
Founded in 1981, the GCC is a political and economic union grouping Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, as well as Oman and Kuwait.
His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani  is attending the summit, but it was not immediately known who will represent Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain.

Last updated: December 04 2017 07:50 PM


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