The highest level delegations of Qatar along with the Prime Minister will be attending an Arab summit in Saudi Arabia to talk over regional security, the Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday. In June 2017, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt imposed an economic and diplomatic boycott on Qatar alleging that Doha supports terrorism. However, the charge has been denied by Qatar.
The emergency summit has been scheduled on Thursday in Mecca which the holiest city of Islam. Here also will be discussed the tension with Iran following attacks on oil tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates and drone strikes on oil pumping stations in Saudi Arabia.
Earlier this week, Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud invited Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to attend both the summit of Gulf Arab rulers and a wider meeting of Arab leaders.
On Twitter, Foreign ministry spokeswoman Lolwah Al-Khater said that Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser Al Thani would attend the summits, writing that the region’s quickly escalating tensions made high-level participation a “national and humanitarian duty to achieve collective security”.
In order to resist Iran, the United States has been trying to unite the Gulf bloc in. However, it was not clear immediately whether the visit was any indication of a thaw in the dispute.
According to the US national security adviser John Bolton the naval mines “almost certainly from Iran” were used to attack the tankers, and warned Tehran against conducting new operations.