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Qatari PM to attend Gulf summit in Saudi Arabia amid blockade | GCC News

Doha, Qatar – Qatar's Prime Minister Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa will attend a Gulf summit in Mecca this weekend, one of the first high-level meetings with blockading nations since the embargo was almost two years ago A high-level source charges Al Jazeera on Wednesday the face-to-face between Sheikh Abdullah and top officials from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and other countries will take place at the meeting starting on Thursday. 19659002] The summit is expected to focus on regional security issues between Iran and the United States and its Gulf allies. Council (GCC) summit earlier this week Sources familiar with the situation said Sheikh Tamim is unlikely to attend the three-day meeting. ICC holds hearings in the case Qatar v. United Arab Emirates The blockade In June 2017, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) cut off with Qatar and imposed on land , sea, and air blockade on the Gulf state. The quartet accuses Doha of supporting "terrorism" and proscribed opposition political movements, such as the Muslim Brotherhood. Qatar has repeatedly rejected the accusations as baseless. The invitation to Qatar's leaders suggests the Saudi led blockading countries may be backing down from their accusations against Doha. The blockade coincided with the rise to power of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Qatar has pushed into independent foreign policy, while Saudi and the United Arab Emirates have their own plans for the region. existing ones since the land, sea, and air embargo was imposed…

Doha, Qatar – Qatar’s Prime Minister Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa will attend a Gulf summit in Mecca this weekend, one of the first high-level meetings with blockading nations since the embargo was almost two years ago A high-level source charges Al Jazeera on Wednesday the face-to-face between Sheikh Abdullah and top officials from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and other countries will take place at the meeting starting on Thursday. 19659002] The summit is expected to focus on regional security issues between Iran and the United States and its Gulf allies. Council (GCC) summit earlier this week

Sources familiar with the situation said Sheikh Tamim is unlikely to attend the three-day meeting.

ICC holds hearings in the case Qatar v. United Arab Emirates

The blockade

In June 2017, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) cut off with Qatar and imposed on land , sea, and air blockade on the Gulf state.

The quartet accuses Doha of supporting “terrorism” and proscribed opposition political movements, such as the Muslim Brotherhood.

Qatar has repeatedly rejected the accusations as baseless.

The invitation to Qatar’s leaders suggests the Saudi led blockading countries may be backing down from their accusations against Doha.

The blockade coincided with the rise to power of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Qatar has pushed into independent foreign policy, while Saudi and the United Arab Emirates have their own plans for the region. existing ones since the land, sea, and air embargo was imposed on June 5, 2017.

overcome the impact of the sanctions. Exports have grown about 20 percent and Doha has dramatically reduced budgetary spending.

The top liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports in the world, Qatar has developed its vital oil-and-gas sector without any major issues.

Gulf tensions

The emergency summit in Mecca will focus on regional security concerns.

Carrier strike group, B-52 bombers, and 1,500 more troops to the Gulf over a still-unexplained threat it causes from Tehran.

Speaking from the UAE on Wednesday, US National Security advisor John Bolton said attacks on oil tankersin the Gulf this month was the work of “naval mines almost certainly from Iran”.

Iran responded by calling the accusation “ridiculous”.

A war of words between the United States and Iran has escalated since US President Donald Trump withdrew from 2015 multinational nuclear pact with Iran and reimposed sanctions, notably targeting Tehran’s key oil exports.

Iran says it will not be cowed by what it has called “psychological warfare”

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