Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has invited Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to attend the upcoming Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit set to take place in Riyadh on December 9, the official Qatar News Agency reported.
The announcement on Tuesday follows Qatar's decision a day earlier to withdraw from the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), a move seen by some analysts as deeply symbolic given Qatar's modest oil output.
A quartet of Arab states, composed of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE),Bahrain, as well as non-GCC member Egypt, imposed a land, sea and air blockade on Doha in June 2017. The Saudi-led bloc accuses Doha of abetting "terrorism" and contributing to instability in the region, allegations Qatar has categorically denied.
"I am optimistic that the level of representation is expected to be high and reflects the keenness of GCC leaders to maintain this pioneering experience," Kuwaiti Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Jarallah was quoted as saying at the time.