Report: Saudi Arabia to host GCC summit on January 5

Cairo: An annual summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) will be held in the Saudi capital Riyadh on January 5, a Kuwaiti newspaper has reported.

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The GCC leaders will attend the summit that will not be held virtually, Al Rai newspaper added, citing Kuwaiti diplomatic sources.

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The GCC comprises Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar.

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Topping the agenda of the coming summit will be ending a dispute that erupted in 2017 between a Saudi-led quartet and Qatar, according to the sources.

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“Gulf reconciliation is expected to top the agenda after recent developments in this file,” the sources said.

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In June 2017, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt broke off diplomatic and transportation links with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism.

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Kuwait has since been leading mediation efforts to resolve the row.

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Earlier this month,Kuwait announced that “fruitful” talks have recently been held to end the rift and that all parties are eager to reach final agreement amid growing optimism about a diplomatic breakthrough.

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