Kuwait Emir heads to AlUla for 41st GCC summit

Kuwait City: Kuwait’s Emir, Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmed Al Sabah, heads to Al Ula, Saudi Arabia, along with an official delegation to attend the 41st session of the Gulf Cooperative Council (GCC) summit.

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Kuwait’s role at the summit is seen as crucial as it spearheaded the negotiations between the two sides since the start of the crisis in 2017.

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On Monday night, Kuwait’s Foreign Minister, Ahmed Nasser Al Sabah, announced that an agreement had been reached to reopen the airspace and land and sea borders between Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

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Prior to the announcement, Sheikh Nawaf had a phone call with both, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman and Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani.

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Al Sabah said, “during the call, it was emphasized that everyone was keen on reunification by signing the AlUla agreement, which promises to be the beginning of a bright new page for the brotherly relations.”

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He added that an official agreement is to be signed at the summit.

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The GCC Secretary General, Dr Nayef Al Hajraf, welcomed the announcement and said, “the step, which comes ahead of the 41st GCC summit in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, reflects the great interest and sincere efforts being made to ensure the success of the summit, which is held in light of extraordinary circumstances.”

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