The leaders of six gulf states gathered in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh on Tuesday (10 November) at the beginning of a two-day summit to endorse Saudi Middle East peace proposals.
GV Sultan Qaboos Bin Said leads Omani delegation from plane at Riyadh airport. Met by Saudi leaders.
GV Sultan walks along red carpet to dais.
SV Sultan greeted by Saudi leaders and move under canopy on dais.
CU PULL BACK TO SV Saudi King Khalid seated with the Sultan.
SV Saudi and other officials seated.
SV King Khalid and the Sultan shake hands before Sultan gets into car.
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Background: The leaders of six gulf states gathered in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh on Tuesday (10 November) at the beginning of a two-day summit to endorse Saudi Middle East peace proposals. Heads of government of the six -- Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman and Qatar, met for the second time since the creation of their Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) six months ago.
SYNOPSIS: One of the first to arrive was Omani leader Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, who led a large delegation. Oman is the most pro-American of the six, and warmly approved the sale of United States advanced reconnaissance aircraft (AWACS) to Saudi Arabia. At their inaugural meeting in Abu Dhabi, the GCC advocated co-ordinating their foreign policy towards the superpowers.
The Sultan was greeted by King Khalid, who outlined the Saudi peace plan to the gulf leaders. Their approval was considered crucial to Saudi hopes for securing wider endorsement at the pan-Arab summit to be held in Morocco later this month. The eight-point plan calls for the creation of a Palestinian state while implicitly recognising Israel's right to exist.
The oil states also discussed the formation of a joint military strategy to guard the gulf, whose security is crucial to them all.