Qatar emir skips Gulf summit

Qatar’s emir, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, will not attend the Gulf summit in Riyadh, state media reported Tuesday, dampening hopes of a reconciliation between Doha and a Saudi-led bloc.

The emir named Prime Minister Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani to lead the Qatari delegation to Tuesday’s summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the official QNA said.

Saudi King Salman has invited Qatar’s emir to the summit last week. Some Saudi observers have downplayed the king’s invitation to the emir, saying he was only following protocol and that he had invited the Qatari leader to last year’s summit as well.