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Qatari emir to attend Gulf summit

AFP-Jiji DOHA (AFP-Jiji) — Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani will attend a crucial summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council this week, Doha’s foreign minister said Sunday.

Speaking at a forum, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said Qatar’s leader had accepted the invitation to attend, amid the region’s worst political crisis in years.

“I will attend the ministerial council tomorrow and the emir will attend the summit,” said the minister.

He added that Qatar had not yet seen the summit agenda, but the current crisis would be discussed at the meeting.

“It is important that the GCC system remains alive,” said the minister.

The emir received an invitation from Kuwait at the end of last month to attend the GCC summit.

It was the first such invitation during the ongoing and increasingly bitter Saudi-led diplomatic boycott of Doha.

The summit will start on Tuesday, the six-month anniversary of the start of the crisis.

It was unclear who would represent the other members of the GCC at the gathering.Speech

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