Qatar emir to attend Beirut’s Arab financial summit

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Qatar’s emir will go to Beirut on Sunday for an Arab financial summit which has been marred by regional rifts and inside Lebanese disputes even earlier than it started.

FILE PHOTO: Amir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani speaks throughout Doha Discussion board in Doha, Qatar, December 15, 2018. Qatar Information Company/Handout by way of REUTERS

Lebanese President Michel Aoun’s workplace stated on Saturday Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani had knowledgeable it he would come to guide the Qatari delegation.

Rifts amongst Arab states over Syria and its ally Iran, on high of divisions inside Lebanon, have overshadowed the summit, with a number of leaders pulling out.

Though not less than eight heads of state had been initially due in Beirut, solely the Somali and Mauritanian presidents had been anticipated to come back, a supply within the committee organizing the occasion stated on Friday.

Among the 20 nations collaborating, similar to Egypt and Kuwait, are sending prime ministers, international ministers or finance ministers. Officers have dismissed the concept that the occasion can be poorly attended.

Final month, Qatar’s emir turned down a Saudi invite to a Gulf Arab summit, sending his state minister for international affairs, as a bitter row festers within the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and non-GCC member Egypt lower diplomatic, commerce and transport ties with Qatar in June 2017. They accuse Qatar of supporting terrorism and cultivating ties with Riyadh’s regional foe Tehran.

Doha, which denies the cost, says the boycott seeks to curtail its sovereignty, whereas the row has defied mediation efforts by Kuwait and the US which sees Gulf unity as important to containing Iran.

Forward of this week’s Beirut summit, a key level of rivalry has been whether or not to welcome Syria again into the Arab League, now that President Bashar al-Assad has restored management over most of his nation, with Iranian assist.

Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah, which fights alongside Assad, and its political allies together with Aoun have stepped up requires rapprochement with Damascus.

Reporting by Ali Abdelaty in Cairo and Ellen Francis in Beirut; Modifying by Alexander Smith

Author: Maxwell C.

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