Iran not invited to GCC summit

Manama: Iran will not be invited to the Gulf Cooperation Council summit in Kuwait City on December 14, a senior Kuwaiti minister has said.

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Shaikh Mohammad Sabah Al Salem told reporters that there would be no invitation sent to Tehran to attend the annual gathering of the six GCC leaders.

In December 2007, Qatar, the host of the GCC summit, invited Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in an unprecedented and highly unexpected

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However, observers have ruled out that a new invitation would be extended to the Iranian leader to attend the meeting this year.

Iranian-Gulf relations last February were strained following remarks by Ali Akbar Nateq Nouri, an adviser to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on Bahrain being a historical part of Iran.

Bahrain was promptly and strongly supported by the other GCC and several Arab states. Morocco subsequently severed diplomatic relations with Iran.

Tehran officially denied that it endorsed the anti-Bahrain allegations and the foreign ministers of both countries later said that the issue was settled.


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