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Qatar's representation in GCC summit unimportant, observers say


Doha's aggressive terrorist policies drove it away from good relations with the Gulf Cooperation Council.

Observers stressed that the presence of Qatar with a large or a weak representation during the activities of the next summit of the GCC will have a little or no impact.

They said a prospective decision could be to call off Qatar's membership in the GCC next year due to its continuous aggressive terrorist policies.

The UAE has confirmed that the upcoming GCC summit in Riyadh on December 9 reiterates the strength of the GCC despite the political crisis with Qatar.

Doha supports terrorism

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt have imposed a diplomatic and economic boycott on Qatar since June 2017 on charges of supporting terrorism. Qatar denies the charges and says the boycott aims to undermine its sovereignty.

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said the political crisis will end when its reason ends, which is Qatar's support for extremism and its interference in the stability issues of the region.

OPEC withdrawal

Last week, Qatar abruptly announced that it would withdraw from the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) after 57 years to focus on gas production, in a blow to Saudi Arabia, the world's largest producer.

“Qatar has decided to withdraw its membership from OPEC effective January 2019 and this decision was communicated to OPEC this morning,” Qatari Minister of State for Energy Affairs Saad al-Kaabi said.

“For me to put efforts and resources and time in an organization that we are a very small player in and I don’t have a say in what happens ... practically it does not work, so for us it’s better to focus on our big growth potential,” he said.  

King Salman of Saudi Arabia already invited Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani to attend the summit on December 9, but Doha has yet to announce its level of representation at the summit.

Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa said Qatar's level of representation at the one-day summit will not be important. He added that the crisis with Qatar has reached a very distant point in an unprecedented way. Qatar has committed itself to the enemies of the region, such as Iran, and moved away from the GCC, he said.

Qatar has oil output of only 600,000 barrels per day (bpd), compared with the 11 million bpd produced by Saudi Arabia, the group’s biggest oil producer and world’s biggest exporter. 

Last Modified: Thursday، 06 December 2018 11:36 PM