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GCC foreign ministers meet, follow up on accord with Qatar

GCC head says Gulf foreign ministers see it is important to follow up on how a committee is implementing the end of rift with Qatar

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The Gulf Corporation Council’s (GCC) foreign ministers met on Saturday to follow up on efforts by a committee tasked to implement the Riyadh Accord signed to end a rift with Qatar.

In April, the GCC brokered a consensus after the rift that saw Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain withdrawing their ambassadors from Qatar.

Ending the rift came after Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain accused Qatar of interfering in each other’s affairs by backing Islamist movements in Egypt, Syria and elsewhere. Qatar denied it interferes anywhere but vowed to stick to its foreign policy.

GCC Secretary General Abdulatif al-Zayani said in a statement that the foreign ministers have highlighted the “importance that the committee is continuing its work to protect security and stability of the Gulf States.”

Zayani also said that the ministers have confirmed GCC’s keenness to “protect its gains, achievements it reaped after their mutual work and consolidate [achievements] in different realms.”

The GCC includes Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait and UAE.