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Gulf Cooperation Council summit in Kuwait on Dec. 5-6 despite Qatar row

KUWAIT CITY: An annual summit of Gulf Arab heads of state will convene in Kuwait on Dec. 5 and 6, Gulf officials said on Wednesday, despite an ongoing dispute between some members of group.

A rift between the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE, on one side, and Qatar on the other has put this year’s annual meeting in doubt.
A senior Kuwaiti official confirmed that the meeting would take place on Dec. 5 and 6, but said the level of representation was not clear yet.
Two Gulf diplomats also said Kuwait, which had led unsuccessful mediation efforts between the two sides, would try again to use the meeting to resolve the rift.
Bahrain said last month it will not attend the summit if Qatar does not change its policies and Qatar should have its membership in the six-nation group suspended.

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