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Regional turmoil in focus at GCC two-day summit

Annual meet will be first since region-wide protests toppled regimes in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya

Regional turmoil in focus at GCC two-day summit
Saudi Arabia's foreign minister prince Saud Al Faisal (R) sits next to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) secretary general, Abdul Latif Al Zayani (L), during a ministerial meeting the six Gulf nations in the Saudi capital Riyadh (AFP/Getty Images)
Regional turmoil in focus at GCC two-day summit
Gulf Arab leaders holding a summit on Monday in Saudi Arabia are hoping that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad will finally sign an Arab League peace deal aimed at ending his crackdown on protests and averting a civil war (AFP/Getty Images)
Regional turmoil in focus at GCC two-day summit
Emirati foreign minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahayan (R) and finance minister Obaid Al Tayer (AFP/Getty Images)
Regional turmoil in focus at GCC two-day summit
The crisis in Syria and a dispute with Iran will likely be high on the agenda of their meeting in the Saudi capital Riyadh, their first summit since Arab uprisings transformed the Middle East this year (AFP/Getty Images)
Regional turmoil in focus at GCC two-day summit
The two-day Gulf meeting comes a week after Iran's Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi held talks in Riyadh to try to calm rising tensions across the Gulf (AFP/Getty Images)
Regional turmoil in focus at GCC two-day summit
Yemeni foreign minister Abu Bakr Al Kurbi said Gulf states will boost financial support to Yemen over the next two years as the country strives for political stability and combats al-Qaeda-linked militants (AFP/Getty Images)
Regional turmoil in focus at GCC two-day summit
The turmoil that hit the Middle East in 2011 also heightened oil prices, raising revenues for most Gulf states (AFP/Getty Images)