Reports: GCC summit to be held on Dec 9, Qatar not on agenda

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The upcoming Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit is likely to be held in Riyadh on December 9, the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Rai reported.

The newspaper pointed out that "the level of representation has not been determined and will be subject, as every time, to last-minute consultations."

However, the indicators show that the Qatar file will not be discussed at the summit, according to news agencies. Diplomats and Gulf sources told Reuters that they have seen no new ideas or concrete moves by the concerned parties, to end the issue, and in addition, Qatari policies do not reflect any shift so far.

“I don’t see any change on Qatar. The crown prince’s message was interpreted wrongly” a diplomat said.

Riyadh and Abu Dhabi say the dispute is not a priority, and at least three diplomats and other sources familiar with Gulf policy reiterates that recently.

“The Qataris are raising the price for resolving the crisis,” said one Western diplomat. “The Emiratis are happy to keep the Qataris isolated.”

Qatar and UAE authorities did not respond to requests for comment from Reuters.

Riyadh and Abu Dhabi reassured Washington that the dispute will not deter the formation of a proposed Middle East security alliance, which would include Doha, diplomats said.

They said the UAE still strongly supports Saudi against Iran and on its economic and social reforms, seen by Abu Dhabi as essential to replicating the UAE model of a business-friendly, tolerant Muslim society to combat extremism.

“The Emiratis see Saudi Arabia as the only choice to lead the region. They haven’t blinked in their belief that Riyadh’s reform plans are the best and only option,” said Elizabeth Dickinson, Senior Analyst for the Arabian Peninsula at the International Crisis Group.