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Gulf rulers skip summit

Thursday, December 07, 2017

KUWAIT - Qatar's Emir said on Tuesday he hoped a summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in Kuwait would help maintain stability in the region, Al-Jazeera TV said, though three Arab heads of state involved in a rift with Qatar stayed away.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain sent ministers or deputy prime ministers to the annual event. The countries and non-GCC member Egypt have imposed economic, diplomatic and trade sanctions on Qatar in a dispute that began in June.

Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani said the summit took place in "highly sensitive circumstances".

He and Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber al-Sabah were the only heads of state to attend the meeting.

"I am full of hope that the summit will lead to results that will maintain the security of the Gulf and its stability," Mr Tamim said, according to the Doha-based Al-Jazeera.

Relations within the Gulf have soured since the four Arab states accused Qatar of supporting terrorism. Qatar denies the charges.

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