Saudi Arabia calls for emergency Gulf meeting

January 14, 2009 23:28

Saudi Arabia called for an emergency meeting of Gulf countries Wednesday to discuss the IDF operation in Gaza Strip, as Arab nations struggled to figure out a unified response to the crisis. King Abdullah called for the meeting Thursday in the Saudi capital of Riyadh "due to the escalation of the latest events resulting from the Israeli aggression on the Palestinian people and the current circumstances in the Arab world," said a Foreign Ministry statement. The Saudi king's initiative came on top of a push by Qatar to hold an emergency Gaza summit Friday in its capital Doha with the 22 members of the Arab League. There was some confusion Wednesday over how many countries have agreed to attend the summit, as Egypt and Saudi Arabia put pressure on nations to stay away. It was unclear whether Qatar would get the quorum of 16 countries needed to hold the meeting.

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