Bahrain to boy­cott GCC sum­mit if Qatar at­tends

Doha should cor­rect its ap­proach, come to its senses, king says

Gulf News - - Front Page - BY HABIB TOUMI Bu­reau Chief

Bahrain will not at­tend any Gulf Co­op­er­a­tion Coun­cil (GCC) sum­mit or meet­ing if Qatar is in at­ten­dence, un­less Doha cor­rects its ap­proach, comes to its senses, and re­sponds to the de­mands of the coun­tries that have long suf­fered from its ac­tions, King Ha­mad Bin Eisa Al Khal­ifa said yes­ter­day.

The king, who was chair­ing the weekly cabi­net ses­sion, or­dered a study of the mea­sures to be taken at this stage, the cabi­net sec­re­tarygen­eral said. No break­through has been achieved by the me­di­a­tion ef­forts ex­erted by Kuwait, the host of the next GCC sum­mit in De­cem­ber.

Amid mount­ing spec­u­la­tion about the fate of the sum­mit and whether it would be post­poned, can­celled or moved to a dif­fer­ent venue, Bahrain be­came the first coun­try to for­mally an­nounce that it would not be present if Qatar at­tends. Qatar has proved that it does not re­spect the char­ters, treaties and re­la­tions that es­tab­lished the GCC and has in­stead im­ple­mented poli­cies tar­get­ing the se­cu­rity of GCC mem­ber states, King Ha­mad said.

Bahrain is keen on steady and co­he­sive progress of the GCC, and the time has come to take firmer ac­tion against those who seek to em­power them­selves with as­sis­tance from abroad to threaten the se­cu­rity and safety of their brothers, King Ha­mad said at the cabi­net ses­sion.

Shaikha Rana Bint Isa Bin Duaij Al Khal­ifa has made his­tory by be­com­ing the first un­der­sec­re­tary in the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs in Bahrain.

She was ap­pointed to the po­si­tion in a de­cree is­sued by King Ha­mad Bin Isa Al Khal­ifa on Sun­day.

The ap­point­ment is seen as a ma­jor boost for the sta­tus of women in a coun­try where they have been en­joy­ing an im­pres­sive ar­ray of rights that has al­lowed them to be­come min­is­ters, am­bas­sadors and judges.

Prior to her new po­si­tion, Shaikha Rana was As­sis­tant Un­der­sec­re­tary for Arab and Afro-Asian Af­fairs and Or­gan­i­sa­tions at the for­eign min­istry.

Cour­tesy: BNA

Shaikha Rana

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