Doha, 04 Dec. 2018
Amir of State of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, has received a written invitation from King Salman bin Abdulaziz AlSaud, King of brotherly State of Saudi Arabia,’ Qatar News Agency said today.
The summit is scheduled to hold on 9th of December 2018 in Riyadh, host by Saudi Arabia.
The message was delivered by Dr Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, Secretary-General of GCC during a reception held today by Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Sultan bin Saad Al Muraikhi.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and non-GCC member Egypt have imposed diplomatic, trade and transport sanctions on Qatar since June 2017, accusing it of supporting terrorism. Doha denies the charge
At last year’s GCC summit, held in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain sent ministers or deputy prime ministers, rather than heads of state.
The invite from the Saudi king comes a day after Qatar abruptly announced it was quitting OPEC after 57 years to focus on gas in an apparent swipe at the oil-producing bloc’s de facto leader Saudi Arabia.