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Qatar invited by Saudi Arabia to talks over Iran tensions

AFP  |  Doha 

said on Sunday that it had received an invitation from to attend emergency regional talks to discuss mounting tensions between and the

had called two gatherings -- one for members, the other for (GCC) regional bloc nations -- after a spate of attacks.

Several tankers in Gulf waters were targeted under mysterious circumstances and a Saudi crude pipeline was hit by drone strikes coordinated by rebels who said were acting on Iranian orders.

had invited Gulf leaders and members to summits in on May 30 but it was not stated if was also invited to the Arab bloc deliberations.

It was unclear if -- subject to a Saudi-led economic and diplomatic boycott over alleged support for and Islamist movements -- would be invited at all, with initially reporting it had not received an invite.

Qatar's "has received a written message" inviting the government to join the crisis talks, the government's information office said in a statement.

The invitation was received by during a meeting with the of the GCC, it added.

Al-Thani has previously called for a "dialogue" between and the to resolve the crisis between their

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First Published: Mon, May 27 2019. 07:00 IST