December 06, 2016
Emir of State of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani attended 37th Supreme Council summit of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries this evening at Sakhir Palace in Manama.
Qatar News Agency reports that Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al-Thani, Personal Representative of Emir of Qatar, and members of the accompanying delegation were present during the close session.
GCC leaders are having exclusive meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May at the GCC Summit.
AlJazeera Media Network (AJMN) has reported that network has been blocked covering GCC session at Manama. ‘Journalist Jamal Elshayyal was refused entry at Bahrain International Airport on Tuesday even though AJMN had followed all necessary procedures and submitted all requested documents to the relevant authorities on time.
“We applied for accreditation well before the deadline, submitting the names and passports as requested,” Elshayyal said in Qatar’s capital, Doha, after his return.
“I flew out to Manama this morning and upon reaching the immigration counter, I filled out the required form specifying I was a journalist and I was there to cover the summit.
“I was asked to sit on the side by the immigration officer who later informed me the Ministry of Information said Al Jazeera was not allowed to cover the event and I was rejected entry.”
As Per AlJazeera statement released today, it said ‘Manama previously blocked Al Jazeera’s reporters from covering the 30th GCC summit, without providing convincing reasons’