BEIRUT (dpa) – Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani arrived Monday in Saudi Arabia and met with King Abdallah bin Abdel Aziz, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said.
It was al-Thani’s second visit to Saudi Arabia in the last three months.
An Arab diplomat based in Beirut told dpa the visit, which was described as “brotherly” by the official Qatari news agency, is aimed at discussing regional issues such as the conflict in Syria.
A source inside the opposition Syrian National Coalition (SNC) said the failure to elect a new prime minister for the opposition’s interim government during their meetings over the last three days in
Turkey prompted these Saudi-Qatari talks. The SNC is split between members who are backed by Saudi Arabia and others who are supported by Qatar.
The source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Qatar is keen to have Ahmed Tohme re-elected, while Saudi Arabia wants to have Walid Zohbi, also member of the coalition, elected for the post.
Relations between Qatar and Saudi Arabia have been tense. On March 5, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates pulled their ambassadors from Doha after accusing Qatar of breaching security agreements reached within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The three countries have accused Qatar of meddling in their internal affairs.