The summit is expected to see the signing of formal agreements to end a 4-year boycott of Doha
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman welcomed Arab Gulf leaders who arrived on Tuesday in the kingdom to attend the 41st Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit set to take place in the historic city of al-Ula.
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince welcomed Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa, as well as his counterpart Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa.
The Crown Prince also received Dubai’s ruler and the vice president of the UAE, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, and Kuwait’s Emir Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah.
He also received Oman’s Deputy Prime Minister Fahd bin Mahmoud al-Said.
The Crown Prince also greeted and hugged Qatar’s Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani upon his arrival to the summit, which is expected to see the signing of formal agreements to end a 4-year boycott by some GCC members of Doha.
Saudi Arabia, along with allies Bahrain, UAE, Egypt, boycotted Doha in mid-2017, accusing Qatar of supporting terrorism. Qatar has denied these charges.
Ahead of the gathering, Kuwait announced that Saudi Arabia would reopen its airspace and borders to Qatar under a deal that a senior US official said would be signed in the presence of White House senior adviser Jared Kushner.
Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry is also set to attend the summit.