What is the secret of Saudi Arabia’s absence? .. A summit...

What is the secret of Saudi Arabia’s absence? .. A summit...
What is the secret of Saudi Arabia’s absence? .. A summit...
The Jordanian Royal Court announced the holding of a tripartite Arab summit on Wednesday in Abu Dhabi, bringing together the Emirates, Bahrain and Jordan, which raised questions about the secret of Saudi Arabia’s absence from this meeting.

On Tuesday, the Jordanian Royal Court said in a statement that King Abdullah II of Jordan went to Abu Dhabi to participate in a tripartite summit that brought him together with his Bahraini counterpart Hamad bin Isa and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed.

While the statement did not specify the reasons for holding the summit and its axes, it indicated that the King of Jordan’s participation came at an invitation from the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.

The absence of Saudi Arabia from the tripartite summit may raise question marks, as it is customary to attend the summits that bring together its allies the UAE and Bahrain, especially since the three countries – in addition to Egypt – declared a blockade on the State of Qatar in June 2017.

And media reports had talked about an unannounced blockade imposed by Saudi Arabia on Jordan for not joining the blockade team on Qatar, so Saudi Arabia raised the fees on trucks coming from Jordan, and tightened entry procedures for drivers, which caused many losses.

At the time, pressures forced Jordan to reduce its diplomatic representation with Doha, and the Qatari ambassador left Amman, according to what was confirmed by Jordanian political circles at the time.

In mid-2018, Saudi Arabia hosted a four-way summit in Makkah Al-Mukarramah to discuss ways to support Jordan to get out of its economic crisis, with the participation of Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates, resulting in pledges to provide a weak economic aid package.

In September 2019, Qatar and Jordan regained the warmth of relations between them and exchanged ambassadors again, and the head of the Jordanian-Qatari Parliamentary Friendship Committee, Abdullah Al-Akayleh, told Al-Jazeera Net correspondent at the time that the blockading countries had abandoned Jordan by stopping aid, so Qatar offered a grant of 500 million dollars, and saved 10 thousand Job opportunity for Jordanians.

Last February, the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, visited Oman and met with King Abdullah II, where the two parties agreed to activate the joint supreme committee to enhance joint cooperation, especially in the fields of energy, infrastructure and higher education.

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