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Saudi Arabia, UAE hold first meeting of 2-nation council


RIYADH – Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have held the first-ever meeting of their Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council, created amid a diplomatic dispute now affecting a wider regional bloc of Gulf Arab nations.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman hosted Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on Wednesday night.

Saudi Arabia and the UAE already have a tight security relationship, with both nations deeply enmeshed in Yemen’s war.

The two countries form half of an Arab quartet of nations that have been boycotting Qatar for over a year now in a diplomatic dispute.

The UAE and Saudi Arabia created their council in December, just before a meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council attended by Qatar’s ruler, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani.