King Salman invites Qatari emir to attend GCC summit

King Salman invites Qatari emir to attend GCC summit

Doha: Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani has been invited by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman to attend the upcoming Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit which is scheduled on December 9, in Riyadh.

Qatar has decided to withdraw from the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). In a tweet, Qatar News Agency (QNA) stated that the emir received “an invitation from the King of Saudi Arabia” for the meeting.

Bahraini secretary general of the GCC, Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani delivered the invitation during a reception by Qatar’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Sultan bin Saad Al Muraikhi.

It must be noted that accusing Doha of abetting “terrorism” and contributing to instability in the region, a quartet of Arab states, composed of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE),Bahrain, as well as non-GCC member Egypt, imposed a land, sea and air blockade on Doha in June 2017. However, Qatar has categorically denied the allegations.