The surprise meeting of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) leaders ended Monday evening after resolving schism with member state Qatar, Al Arabiya News Channel’s correspondent reported.

Gulf leaders from the six-nation alliance also agreed on the return of Saudi, Emirati, and Bahraini envoys to Qatar, ending eight months of tense relations.

The agreement “promises the opening of a new page that will present a strong base, especially in light of the sensitive circumstances the region is undergoing,” the GCC said in a joint statement.

“Based on this, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain have decided to return their ambassadors to Doha,” it said.

The annual GCC summit was also confirmed to take place on Dec. 9-10 in Doha, the correspondent reported.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain all withdrew their ambassadors to Doha in March, sparking one of the GCC’s worst diplomatic rows since its creation in 1981.
The leaders, who travelled with their foreign ministers and other cabinet members or senior officials, were greeted by Crown Prince Mugran bin Abdulaziz al-Saud and GCC Secretary General Abdullatif al-Zayani, according to the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
Kuwait’s Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah has been leading a mediation effort to bridge the gap between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

Qatar is accused of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and offering a safe haven to other banned Islamist groups.

In another statement on the official Kuwait news agency, Kuwait parliament speaker Marzouk al-Ghanem voiced “optimism” on the “efforts” by Sheikh Sabah to end the differences.

“We hope the Riyadh meeting today comes to a happy ending that strengthens the GCC,” he said.

The dispute has led to reports of the venue for the annual GCC summit being moved from Doha, although Kuwait last week denied any change.

A GCC foreign ministers’ meeting which was scheduled on Nov. 10 to prepare for the summit was postponed.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE have accused Qatar of meddling in their internal affairs by supporting the Brotherhood.

Riyadh and Abu Dhabi label the Brotherhood a “terrorist” group.

Doha earlier this year asked Brotherhood leaders to leave Qatar following diplomatic pressure from Saudi Arabia.

The UAE on Saturday issued a list of 83 Islamist groups which it classified as “terrorist organizations,” among them the Qatar-based International Union of Muslim Scholars, which is headed by the Brotherhood’s spiritual guide Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, a Qatari citizen.

source: alarabiya.net