A picture taken on December 4, 2017 shows Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani attending the meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) of foreign ministers at the Bayan palace in Kuwait City. / AFP
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Gulf foreign ministers gathered Monday in Kuwait on the eve of an annual summit bringing together Qatar and its feuding neighbors despite little hope for an end to the bitter rift.Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani will be at the summit, but less than 24 hours before it was due to begin it was still unclear whether the rulers of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain would also attend.Mediation efforts led by Kuwait have failed to resolve what is the worst crisis to hit the Gulf Cooperation Council in its 36-year history, casting serious doubts over the future of the six-state alliance.Speaking at Monday's meeting, Kuwait's Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled al-Sabah stressed the determination of member states to preserve the GCC.
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