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King Salman withdraws from Kuwait summit

King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia speaks during a meeting with Russian Prime Minister Dmitriy Medvedev in Moscow, Russia on 6 October 2017 [Bandar Algaloud/Saudi Royal Council/Handout/Anadolu Agency]
King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia in Moscow, Russia on 6 October 2017 [Bandar Algaloud/Saudi Royal Council/Handout/Anadolu Agency]

Saudi King, Salman bin Abdulaziz, has declined an invitation to attend the Gulf Summit in Kuwait, despite previous diplomatic statements which suggested that he would be head of the Kingdom’s delegation during the summit. Moreover, media sources said the summit will be limited to one day instead of two days.

Gulf delegations started arriving at Kuwait International Airport amid a tense atmosphere resulting from the blockade against Qatar.

Adel al-Jubeir, Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, was welcomed by the Emir of Kuwait, Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, as the head of the Saudi delegation.

According to media sources in Kuwait, the summit meeting will be limited to one day (Tuesday) instead of two days. Heads of delegations will meet this afternoon, issue a general statement, and then leave to their countries.

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