Gulf leaders arrive at Al-Ula ahead of 41st GCC summit

Crown prince Mohammed bin Salman said on Monday the summit would create a united front

  
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman welcomes Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa upon his arrival to attend the Gulf Cooperation Council's (GCC) 41st Summit in Al-Ula, Saudi Arabia January 5, 2021. Bandar Algaloud/Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court/Handout via REUTERS

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman welcomes Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa upon his arrival to attend the Gulf Cooperation Council's (GCC) 41st Summit in Al-Ula, Saudi Arabia January 5, 2021. Bandar Algaloud/Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court/Handout via REUTERS

DUBAI: Gulf Cooperation Council leaders have arrived at Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ula ahead of the 41st GCC summit on Tuesday.
 
Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman said on Monday the summit would create a united front, would bolster peace and prosperity and lead to a closing of ranks to promote solidarity in the face of regional challenges.

The summit comes the day after Saudi Arabia and Qatar reached a deal to reopen the boarders between the two nations.

Discussions during the summit are excepted to cover the current on-going war in Yemen between the Iran-backed Houthi militia and forces under President Abdorabbu Mansour Hadi, as well as relations with the USA and President elect Joe Biden.

Meanwhile, Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry is expected to take part in GCC summit in Saudi Arabia, an official source told Reuters news agency.

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