Qatar emir issues summit invite amid strains over Islamists

November 11, 2014 2:08 PM

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Qatar emir issues summit invite amid strains over Islamists

DOHA (Reuters) - Qatar's emir on Tuesday publicly invited fellow Gulf rulers to a Doha summit, apparently seeking to forestall what diplomats say is an attempt by some peers to move it elsewhere in protest at what they see as an Islamist tilt in his foreign policy.

Diplomats say preparations for the annual gathering of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have become indicative of an unprecedented rift between Gulf Arab states over Doha's backing of Islamists during Arab Spring revolts.

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