Published: Wed, December 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Qatar Rift Overshadows Riyadh Summit as Emir Stays Away

Qatar Rift Overshadows Riyadh Summit as Emir Stays Away

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman has slammed "baseless" statements of the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), saying that the council has turned into a front for proclaiming the policies of some of its member states.

Saudi TV showed King Salman greeting officials from the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Bahrain and Kuwait on their arrival.

The Saudi king has invited Qatar's emir to the summit, but Doha has not said what level of representation it would send.

"Qatar's emir should have accepted the fair demands (of the boycotting states) and attended the summit", foreign minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa said in a tweet.

The Kuwaiti emir reiterated his country's position that relations with Iran should be based on worldwide principles, including non-interference in internal affairs, respect for state sovereignty and adherence to the rules of good neighbourliness.

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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Upon his arrival, Sayyid Fahd gave the following statement, "It is my honour to take part on behalf of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said and lead the Sultanate's delegation at the 39th GCC Summit being held in Riyadh in Saudi Arabia and to convey greetings of His Majesty to the GCC leaders and their representatives along with best wishes of success to the Summit to achieve its prospective objectives". However, Qatar has denied the alleged charges and claimed that the boycott is affecting the country's sovereignty. Achieving those countries security, stability, and economic prosperity.

"Members of the council are determined that the crisis with Qatar does not have a negative effect on the council in general and its structure", he said.

"GCC unity's been a really important pillar for USA engagement with this region, with the Gulf, with the Middle East".

The participants pointed out that the China is a major partner of the Arab and Gulf region, especially the State of Qatar, through investment, supporting various industries and helping to meet the needs of the Qatari people in the areas of infrastructure, technological food industries, culture and education, pointing out that the Qatari potential is large and its infrastructure allows the implementation of large industrial and scientific zones.

"We'd like to see that unity restored", he said on the sideline of a security summit on Yemen in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.

Washington relies on the Arab nations to help counter what it calls Iran's "malign behavior".

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