The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) confirmed on Sunday that Gulf leaders and representatives will meet for an annual meeting in Riyadh on Tuesday, next week amid an ongoing diplomatic dispute in the region.

The 40th summit will be chaired by Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz.

In a press statement released by GCC Secretary-General Abdullatif Al- Zayani, the ministerial council will hold a preparatory meeting for the summit on December 9 in Riyadh.

The GCC leaders will discuss some key topics to enhance cooperation and integration among member states, he noted.

They will also, discuss the regional and international political developments and the security situation in the region as well as its impact on the GCC states' security and stability.

Secretary General Al-Zayani expressed his confidence that the 40th summit would result in constructive decisions so as to boost Gulf unity, and bolster ties, cooperation and integration among member states.

The Gulf Cooperation Council is a political and economic alliance of 6 Middle Eastern countries; Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman.

It was established in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in May 1981.

The purpose of the GCC is to achieve unity among its members based on their common objectives and their similar political and cultural identities, which are rooted in Arab and Islamic cultures.

Presidency of the council rotates annually. The GCC also has a defense planning council that coordinates military cooperation between member countries. The highest decision-making entity of the GCC is the Supreme Council, which meets on an annual basis and consists of GCC heads of state, and its decisions are adopted by unanimous approval.