UAE to host GCC summit in 2019

UAE to host GCC summit in 2019

The members states are all American allies.

Four of the most powerful Arab nations: Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Egypt placed a blockade on Qatar in June 2017, so it is worth noting that Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani was invited but will not be attending the summit.

"The political crisis will end when the cause behind it ends which is Qatar's support of extremism and its interference in the stability issues of the region", he said.

The 39th session of the GCC Supreme Council, an annual gathering of leaders from the six member states, is expected to focus on security issues, including the Yemeni war and Iran's activities, as well as latest regional and worldwide political developments.

A critic of the crown prince, Khashoggi was killed by a hit squad in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October in what the kingdom described as a rogue operation.

The king called on the global community to uphold its responsibilities and take the necessary measures to protect the Palestinian people from the Israeli aggression; which he slammed as a provocation to the feelings of Arabs and Muslims and peace-loving nations. Since establishment in 1981 till date, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has attained a number of achievements that should be maintained by enhancing joint coordination to preserve the unique status achieved by the GCC.

"Extremist and terrorist powers continue to threaten our security in the Gulf and in the Arab world", the king said.

Following the closed-door meeting, member states adopted the Riyadh Declaration, which included seven action points that tackled several areas.

UAE to host GCC summit in 2019

GCC Secretary General Abdullatif al-Zayani has said the summit would review ties with Iran after the United States reimposed an oil embargo and other sanctions on Tehran following Washington's withdrawal from a landmark 2015 nuclear deal, AFP reported. The Gulf leaders stressed the importance of completing the necessary programs and projects to achieve this vision.

Instead Qatar was represented by the minister of state for foreign affairs, Sultan al-Muraikhi, it said.

"It may occur within the same family".

The U.S. deputy assistant secretary for Arabian Gulf affairs, Timothy Lenderking, said Washington wants to see Gulf unity and ties with Qatar repaired soon.

Commenting on Jamal Khashoggi's case, the foreign minister said: "The Turkish authorities have not been as forthcoming as we believe they should have been". They must also deepen and strengthen their ties, he added. Kuwait has also been mediating between its Gulf partners and Qatar.

The Emir noted that the current conflict in Yemen poses a direct threat and hoped the ongoing consultations in Sweden would be a success. He also talked about the challenges facing the region which requires consolidation of efforts of all members.

Kuwait's ruler, the 89-year-old Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, did discuss Qatar, warning of internal divisions threatening the GCC and urging its members to stop a "media war".

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