Saudi to host Gulf neighbors in a meeting of support for Jordan


RIYADH: Saudi Arabia said it will host a meeting among several Gulf Arab countries on June 26 to offer support to Jordan after mass protests took over the capital due to economic problems and its plans to tax its citizens, Saudi state-news channel Al-Ekhbariya reported.

The Saudi Royal Court said the meeting Sunday in Makkah would include Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates.

A statement early Saturday on the state-run Saudi Press Agency said the meeting would “discuss means of supporting Jordan to overcome its current crisis.”

The announcement came after Saudi Arabia’s King Salman held phone conversations with Jordan’s King Abdullah II, Kuwait’s Sheikh Sabah Al-Sabah and UAE Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed.

Jordan’s King Abdullah II has replaced the country’s prime minister over the protests.

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