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Gulf crisis resolution hopes improves- Kuwait invites Qatar for GCC Summit

A diplomatic source has confirmed that Kuwait will go ahead and host an annual Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit next month, despite an ongoing rift between some member states.

The invitations to all six member Gulf states were sent out, the source said on Wednesday, with the summit due to be held on December 5-6.

The GCC is a political and economic alliance of countries in the Arabian Peninsula, including Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

There have been doubts about whether the summit will go ahead after Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt imposed a blockade on Qatar in June.

The quartet has accused Qatar of funding “terrorism”, a charge that Doha has vehemently denied. Kuwait has taken up the role of mediator in the hopes of resolving the crisis.

Last month, Bahrain threatened to boycott the summit should Qatar attended.

However, that could change soon as Kuwait has confirmed that it will go ahead with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit next month, reported Al Jazeera.

The news channel quoted a diplomatic source as saying that the annual meeting will go forward despite the ongoing rift. The invitations to all six member Gulf states have been sent out, with the summit due to be held on December 5 and 6.

Meanwhile, The New Arab cited sources as saying that Saudi Arabia had agreed to attend the GCC summit that ‘will include Qatar.’

Kuwait has been playing a leading role in trying to broker peace between the different entities.

“We’ll continue until we reach a happy end to this unfortunate dispute,” Kuwaiti Deputy Foreign Minister Khalid Al Jarallah had earlier said.

The minister had announced in October that Kuwait was ready to host the next Gulf summit, but doubts remained over whether it would go ahead or not due to the position of the blockading countries.

Two Gulf diplomats also said Kuwait, which had led unsuccessful mediation efforts, would try again to use the meeting to resolve the rift, reported Arab News.

Established in 1981, the GCC promotes economic, security, cultural and social cooperation between the six states and holds a summit every year to discuss regional affairs.

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