Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman welcomed on Tuesday Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani to AlUla with a hug for the 41st Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Summit.
The Emir confirmed his attendance a day earlier after an announcement that Saudi Arabia would be reopening its airspace and land and sea borders to Qatar.
Watch: #SaudiArabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman greets #Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani as he arrives in Saudi Arabia's AlUla to attend the #GCCSummit41.https://t.co/cOKVEs8lqm pic.twitter.com/iPFNSY8myd— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) January 5, 2021
The summit is expected to see the signing of a deal between the GCC member states that would end the ongoing political rift.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt cut diplomatic and trade links with Doha in 2017.
Bahrain’s Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa was the first to arrive at the Prince Abdul Majeed Bin Abdulaziz Domestic Airport in AlUla. He was shortly followed by Omani Deputy Prime Minister Fahd bin Mahmoud al-Said.
Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah also arrived in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait News Agency said.
The Vice President of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, also headed to the Kingdom on Tuesday morning, the Emirates News Agency (WAM) confirmed.