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    Saudi King Invites Qatar's Emir to Summits in Mecca - Report

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    Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has reportedly invited Qatar's Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to attend two summits in Mecca, Reuters reported citing a Qatar Foreign Ministry director of information.

    Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani received on Sunday an invitation from Saudi Arabia's King Salman to attend two summits in Mecca on 30 May, Qatar's foreign ministry said in a statement, according to Reuters.

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    Saudi King Salman proposed holding two summits in Mecca to discuss implications of drone strikes on oil installations in the kingdom and attacks on four vessels, including two Saudi oil tankers, off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, Reuters report says. 

    On 19 May the United Arab Emirates (UAE) voiced support for King Salman's proposal.

    "The current critical circumstances entail a unified Arab and Gulf stance toward the besetting challenges and risks… [The Saudi leader's call is a] significant opportunity for the countries of the region to achieve their aspirations for establishing peace and stability and ensuring our joint security, sovereignty and achievements," the ministry said in a statement published on its official website.   

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    On 12 May, four oil tankers, including two Saudi vessels and a UAE-flagged ship, were targeted by a mysterious sabotage attack off the UAE coast. Just a few days later, Yemeni Houthi rebels carried out drone attacks against a Saudi oil pipeline, causing a fire and minor damage to the facility.

    It is noteworthy that on 30 May, Mecca is also to host a high-level meeting of the leaders of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation.

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