The Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC) Secretary General, Nayef Al-Hajraf, met with Qatar’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani on Sunday.
Al-Hajraf reportedly landed in Qatar on a direct flight from Riyadh, which came as a surprise due to the ongoing land, air and sea blockade which continues to be imposed by Saudi Arabia.
According to the Qatar News Agency (QNA), Al-Hajraf and Al Thani discussed issues of common concern, including the future of the fragmented GCC.
Al-Hajraf’s visit to Qatar comes following several meetings with foreign ministers of neighboring countries. On September 13, he met with the Kuwaiti Foreign Minister, Ahmad Nasser Al-Sabah, where they discussed strengthening regional ties.
Then on September 15, Al-Hajraf met with the Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud, to discuss similar issues.
He also visited Oman on September 16, where he met with the country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Badr bin Hamad bin Hamood Al Busaidi.
The series of meetings came after visits from US representatives, who have been showcasing their relations with the Middle East, especially ahead of November’s Presidential elections. The Trump administration says it has been playing the role of the mediator in the Gulf crisis and a senior official at the State Department had claimed that a breakthrough in the three year long GCC crisis was close.