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    The member states of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf will meet to discuss the possibility of prolonging the Kuwait's chairmanship in GCC for another year instead of passing it to Qatar.

    MANAMA, November 16 (Sputnik) — The Arab states of the Persian Gulf will hold an emergency meeting in the Saudi capital of Riyadh on Sunday to give Qatar the "last chance" to normalize relations with the other states of the region, Saudi newspaper Al-Hayat reported.

    According to the newspaper, the member states of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC), comprised of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, will meet to discuss the possibility of prolonging the Kuwait's chairmanship in GCC for another year instead of passing it to Qatar.

    "Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain believe that organizing a summit in Doha [Qatar] makes no sense before the definitive resolution of their differences with Qatar," a high-ranking GCC source told Al-Hayat, adding that the neighboring states want to postpone the summit in Doha until it will be clear that Qatar is going to fulfill its previous agreements.

    The relations between Qatar and three other major states of the region deteriorated in March, when Doha was accused of violating an agreement on non-interference in the domestic affairs of the other states signed in Riyadh in November 2013. Qatar was accused of aiding the opposition groups in Bahrain in their efforts to destabilize the situation in the country and overthrow the ruling Khalifa family.

    The gulf monarchies have also criticized Qatar for its support for the organizations "hostile to the Council members" such as the Muslim Brotherhood. In March, as a protest against the Qatar's policies Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have recalled their ambassadors to Doha.


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