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Saudi Arabia wants to have Egypt included in the Gulf Cooperation Council, a regional grouping of Arab countries overlooking the Arab Gulf, according to an Arab diplomatic source.
The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Anadolu Agency on Thursday that a Saudi official had notified Egyptian government officials of the Saudi tendency during an Arab League meeting in Cairo Wednesday.
The Saudi official said his country would make the proposal during the upcoming Arab Summit, to be hosted by Kuwait later in March, added the source.
The Gulf Cooperation Council was founded in 1981 to include Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, and Kuwait.
The Arab diplomatic source attributed the Saudi plan to a recent diplomatic standoff with Qatar.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain announced on Wednesday withdrawing their ambassador from Doha, citing Qatari intervention in their affairs.
Qatar regretted the move, denied any meddling in the affairs of other gulf countries and insisted the difference was regarding the situation in Egypt.
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were the first Arab countries to welcome the Egyptian army's July ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi.
Qatar has criticized the move and the ensuing security crackdown on the supporters of the ousted president.
Egyptian and Saudi officials were not immediately available for comment.Last Mod: 07 Mart 2014, 09:44