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No solution to Qatar crisis at Arab Summit: Saudi FM

AFP  |  Dhahran 

The Gulf crisis, which has seen isolated by and its allies, is not on the table at the upcoming meeting of states, Riyadh's said today.

"The solution of will be within the GCC," or the six-state Gulf Cooperation Council, told reporters in ahead of the Arab Summit.

He was responding to an AFP question on whether the crisis was on the agenda at the meeting on Sunday, which is hosted by and joins 21 of the 22 member states. has been suspended from the summit since 2011 over the government's role in the war.

has confirmed its attendance at the Saudi summit. The 10-month Gulf crisis pits Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and against Qatar. It is the worst crisis to ever hit the Gulf, home to both the world's largest exporters of and -- and Qatar respectively.

and its allies broke off relations with in June, accusing it of fostering close links with and supporting Islamist extremists -- a charge Qatar denies.

The boycott includes the closure of the small Gulf state's only land border with Saudi Arabia. Saudi to the government this week announced the kingdom planned to dig a canal the length of its border with Qatar, to turn its peninsula neighbour into an isolated island.

The planned canal, dubbed "Salwa", is "funded entirely by Saudi and Emirati private sector investment under full Saudi authority," Sabq reported on Monday.

The has not issued a denial. Kuwait, a member of the GCC, has led mediation efforts in the crisis -- to no avail -- with the support of the

US had initially supported the Saudi-led economic blockade on Qatar, but aides -- mindful of the pivotal role that the outside plays in US operations -- have since convinced him to take a more moderate approach.

Trump met with the of Qatar at the on Tuesday, barely one year after alleging funded terrorism at a "high level" and less than two weeks after meeting with Saudi

The on Tuesday dubbed the Qatari a "friend" and "great gentleman".

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First Published: Fri, April 13 2018. 06:35 IST