Kuwait seeks postponement of GCC summit


By Muhammad Saud

Okaz/Saudi Gazette

Riyadh — Kuwait has reportedly proposed the postponement of the 39th Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit by six months, sources told Okaz.

“The postponement aims to resolve the crisis that has erupted because of Qatar’s lack of commitment to the 2013 Riyadh Agreement and the 2014 Supplemental Agreement,” the source told Okaz.

“Postponing the summit was a Kuwaiti suggestion, and Kuwait has not yet received an answer from the other countries.”

The summit is scheduled to take place in December in Kuwait City.

Kuwaiti newspaper Al Rai reported that the summit will most probably be postponed due to the “lack of progress in resolving the Gulf crisis”.

It will be postponed for six months “unless there is a big political,” a diplomat was quoted as saying by Al Rai.

However addressing a joint press conference with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Riyadh on Sunday evening, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said that the Kingdom will participate alongside the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in the Gulf summit even if the Qatari crisis continues.

Reacting to the ongoing efforts of the Kuwait Emir to hold the Gulf Summit on time in Kuwait, he said that consultations are now underway among countries and (the outcome) will be announced.

On June 5, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt severed their relations with Qatar saying it supports extremists and funds terrorism.

Kuwait’s Emir Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmad has been mediating between the two sides, but no breakthrough has been achieved so far.