Riyadh to host Gulf summit on December 10

AFP , Monday 23 Nov 2015

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Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmed al-Jubeir (C) and Abdul Latif Bin Rashid Al Zayani (R) Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) for the Arab States of the Gulf, escorting Kuwait’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khalid al-Hamad al-Sabah (L) and Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohamed al-Attiyah (2R) upon their arrival to attend the ordinary meeting of 137th session of the GCC in Riyadh November 17, 2015 (Photo: AFP)

Gulf monarchs are to hold their annual summit on December 10 in the Saudi capital, three weeks before an international target date for bringing together Syria's government and opposition.

A Saudi official confirmed on Monday that the heads of state of the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council will meet in Riyadh on December 10.

Major world powers have set January 1 as the date for talks on war-torn Syria to begin, along with a ceasefire.

In preparation for the talks, Saudi Arabia has been trying to bring together exile groups and armed factions fighting Syria's President Bashar al-Assad.

The war in Yemen, where Saudi Arabia leads an Arab coalition fighting Shia Houthi rebels, is also expected to be prominent on the GCC summit agenda.

As well as Saudi Arabia, the GCC groups the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar.

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