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Qatar absents from Saudi summit over unresolved crisis

By NewsDesk,

Qatar has been reported to had boycotted Arab summit taking place in Saudi Arabia, with the Qatari Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani and other senior official who were representatives, been absented.

The Al-Thani non appearance at the summit was said to have been an indication that a nearly year-old dispute between Gulf Arab neighbors was still a long way from being resolved.

However, while Qatar absent was noted,  22 other countries were represented by heads of state or government.

It would be reaclled Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt severed diplomatic and transport ties with Qatar in June 2017, accusing it of supporting terrorism. Doha denies the charges and says the boycott is an attempt to impinge on its sovereignty.

Saif bin Muqaddam al-Buainain, said that the Qatari delegation would  be headed by Doha’s permanent representative to the Arab League

Sheikh Tamim returned to Doha on Saturday from a U.S. trip where he met the country’s President, Donald Trump, who had publicly sided with the Saudis and Emiratis early in the crisis, but suspected to have been pushing for a resolution to restore Gulf Arab unity and maintain a united front against Iran.

Saudi Foreign Minister, Adel al-Jubeir, said on Thursday that Qatar’s crisis would not be on the table at the Arab League summit.

Ahead of the summit, the four boycotting nations reaffirmed that their demands on Qatar,  including closing Al Jazeera television station and reducing ties with Iran, were a necessary basis for a resolution to the crisis.

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