Saudi king invites Qatar's amir to attend GCC summit in Riyadh
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Category: Diplotimes

Doha - Qatari Amir Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani received a written message from King of Saudi Arabia, inviting the Amir to attend the 39th Summit of the Supreme Council of the GCC, to be held on Dec 9.

The message was delivered by GCC Secretary-General during a meeting with State Minister for Foreign Affairs. Saudi Arabia’s king invited Qatar’s ruler to attend a regional summit in Riyadh this month in a sign of a potential thaw between the nations as the Saudis struggle to overcome international condemnation for the killing of columnist Jamal Khashoggi and its conduct in the Yemen war. It wasn’t yet clear if the Qatari Amir Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani accepted the offer from Saudi King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to attend the Dec. 9 meeting. And Qatar could say the invite to the Gulf Cooperation Council summit was only natural because the emirate is a member of the group. But the invitation highlighted Saudi efforts to defuse tensions with its neighbor as it faces an onslaught of criticism aimed at Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.

(With Qatar News Agency)