JEDDAH — Foreign ministers of eight Arab countries, including the GCC states, arrived in Saudi Arabia on Friday to participate in a consultative meeting.

In addition to the GCC member states, the participating countries include Egypt, Jordan and Iraq.

Saudi Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Eng. Waleed Al-Khereiji welcomed ministers upon their arrival at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

They included Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, Qatar’s Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein and Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Salem Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

Saudi Arabia will host an Arab League summit in Riyadh in May.

Media reports indicated that the meeting will focus on discussing the situation in Syria.

Saudi Arabia hosted the Syrian foreign minister on Wednesday for a first of its kind talks in decade.

The talks between Saudi and Syrian foreign ministers focused on measures to be adopted to realize a comprehensive settlement of the Syrian crisis that would end all its repercussions, achieve national reconciliation, and contribute to the return of Syria to the Arab fold, apart from the resumption of Syria’s natural role in the Arab world.

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