Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Jaber al-Sabah stopped the official split of the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) during his recent visit to Saudi Arabia.
According to the sources, the Emirati authorities had sought to relocate the upcoming GCC summit in December from Kuwait to Riyadh, which could allow Saudis to exclude Qatar from the conference. However, the proposal was rejected by the Kuwaiti emir and preferred the summit to be postponed to ensure the participation of all the members after resolving the issue.
The plan to delay the summit was confirmed by a Kuwaiti foreign ministry official on Sunday who told that “it is certain that the Gulf summit in Kuwait will not be held on schedule this year and will be postponed indefinitely”.
Meanwhile, Qatar’s foreign minister said Doha “has not received an official message to postpone the Gulf summit”, which it views as a “golden opportunity to at least start a dialogue in a civilised manner and in accordance with the accepted diplomatic channels,” he told a press conference on Sunday, adding that any delay is due to the intolerance of the blockading states.
Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson who visited the Gulf region, said that the Saudis were not interested to have talks with Qatar.
“We cannot force talks among people who are not ready to talk,” Tillerson said at a press conference in Doha.
“There is not a strong indication that parties are ready to talk yet,” he added. “We cannot and will not impose a solution on anyone.”