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Top officials from oil-rich Gulf states gather in Qatar for summit in sign of patched-up ties

  • A general view shows the foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council foreign meeting in Doha, Qatar, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. Senior officials from the Gulf Arab states are meeting in the Qatari capital for a summit of the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council, which follows an unusually public rift that tested diplomatic relations in the oil-rich region. (AP Photo/Osama Faisal)

    A general view shows the foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council foreign meeting in Doha, Qatar, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. Senior officials from the Gulf Arab states are meeting in the Qatari capital for a summit of the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council, which follows an unusually public rift that tested diplomatic relations in the oil-rich region. (AP Photo/Osama Faisal)  (The Associated Press)

  • A general view of a meeting of leaders during the Gulf Cooperation Council summit in Doha, Qatar, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Osama Faisal)

    A general view of a meeting of leaders during the Gulf Cooperation Council summit in Doha, Qatar, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Osama Faisal)  (The Associated Press)

  • Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Abdul Latif Bin Rashid Al Zayani of Bahrain attends a Gulf Cooperation Council summit in Doha, Qatar, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Osama Faisal)

    Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Abdul Latif Bin Rashid Al Zayani of Bahrain attends a Gulf Cooperation Council summit in Doha, Qatar, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Osama Faisal)  (The Associated Press)

Senior officials from the Gulf Arab states are arriving in the Qatari capital for a summit of the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council, which follows an unusually public rift that tested diplomatic relations in the oil-rich region.

Saudi Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Emirati Prime Minister and Vice President Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum were among those arriving in Doha on Tuesday. Prince Salman is next-in-line to the Saudi throne, while Sheikh Mohammed also serves as ruler of Dubai.

Saudi Arabia and the Emirates, the two largest Arab economies, as well as Bahrain pulled their ambassadors from Qatar earlier this year in a move widely seen as a protest over Qatar's support for Islamist groups like the Muslim Brotherhood. They agreed to reinstate the ambassadors last month.