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‘GCC conflict will not be discussed during Summit’

KUWAIT: Gulf Cooperation Council frictions that escalated following the decisions of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to withdraw their ambassadors from Qatar will not be discussed during the Arab League Summit that opens in Kuwait today. Instead, the issue is expected to be addressed internally ‘within the boundaries of the GCC house’ at a later date, Al-Rai daily reported yesterday quoting sources with knowledge of the news. Kuwait’s Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Khalid Al-Jarallah echoed those statements while addressing reporters during the preparatory meeting of Arab foreign ministers on Sunday. “[The Arab Summit] will not feature reconciliation efforts between Gulf states,” he said. “This issue will be dealt with within the GCC house.”

Qatar FM Meanwhile, sources quoted by Al- Qabas yesterday denied rumors that appeared on social media Sunday that claimed that Qatar’s Foreign Minister Khalid Al-Attiyah protested Saudi Arabia discussing the issue of the Muslim Brotherhood in his country. The rumors seem to have been fueled by Attiyah exiting the meeting during discussions and returning later with Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil. “Al-Attiyah went out for a few minutes to answer a phone call he received during the meeting,” said the sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “After the call ended, he met his Lebanese counterpart and discussed the situation of Lebanese nationals in Qatar, before the two walked back to the meeting together.” Foreign Minister of Bahrain Sheikh Khalid Al-Khalifa took on Twitter to deny the rumors following the meeting. “Whenever reporters see a minister exit the hall, they say that he withdrew or went out angrily,” he posted on his verified Twitter account Sunday. “[The rumors] are untrue, [meant to] stirring conflicts and the work of tabloids.”

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This article was published on 24/03/2014