The Riyadh summit is happening in 2021 on January 5. Saudi Arabia's King Salman invited the leaders of the GCC to attend the 41st group summit.
GCC Secretary-General Dr. Nayef Falah Al-Hajraf sent out the invitations to leaders including UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Vice-President Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum and others.
“The commitment by Gulf leaders to hold the summit on an annual basis, and especially in these exceptional times, is a testament to the strength of the GCC, to their belief in their duty to the people of the Gulf, and their devotion to increasing cooperation and integration among member countries,” Dr. Al-Hajraf said in the statement, according to Arab News.
“Today, as the GCC enters its fifth decade with a global pandemic in the backdrop, the institution’s mission to facilitate trade and economic integration among member states is more relevant than at any time in its history.
“The GCC remains focused on meeting the ambitions of the Gulf people, increasing integration, interconnectedness, and trade among member states and the international community. I am grateful to their Majesties and Highnesses, the leaders of the GCC states, for their tireless efforts to further strengthen Gulf cooperation.”