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Gulf leaders and representatives will meet for an annual summit in Saudi Arabia next week amid an ongoing diplomatic dispute in the region.

The summit of the 40th Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is scheduled to take place in Riyadh on December 10, the six-nation agency announced on Sunday.

"Their Majesties and Highnesses will discuss several important political, defense, economic and social issues to reinforce the progress of the GCC and integration among the members of the GCC," said the CCG secretary general, Abdulateef bin Rashid Al Zayani, in a statement.

"They will also review regional and international political events, as well as the security situation in the region and its effects on the security and stability of GCC countries," he added.

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The meeting was scheduled to take place in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), CCG officials did not say why they decided to move the event to Saudi Arabia.

The GCC is a block composed of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Since June 2017, the block has been fractured by a blockade imposed by Bahrain, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia to Qatar on charges of "support for terrorism,quot;, a charge repeatedly and vehemently rejected by Doha.

Recently, however, teams from Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain traveled to Qatar for the 2019 Arab Gulf Cup soccer tournament.

There were also reports that Qatar's Foreign Minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, made an unannounced visit to the Saudi capital last month.

Last year's GCC summit, also held in Riyadh, ended without any progress to resolve the diplomatic crisis.

SOURCE:
Al Jazeera and news agencies