Arab League denies plans to discuss Gulf crisis

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The Arab League has denied plans to discuss the diplomatic crisis in the Gulf during a scheduled meeting on Monday.

The pan-Arab body is set to meet in Cairo at the level of permanent delegates to discuss the growing Israeli presence in Africa.

"There is no item on the meeting's agenda regarding the move by some Arab states to sever diplomatic ties with Qatar," the organization's spokesman Mahmud Afifi said in a statement.

He said the meeting is held upon the request of Palestine to discuss the growing Israeli presence in Africa.

The Arab League is a regional 22-member organization of Arab countries in and around North Africa, the Horn of Africa and Arabia.

Starting from June 5, Bahrain, Comoros, Egypt, Maldives, Mauritania, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen's internationally backed government and one of Libya's three governments have cut off diplomatic ties with Qatar over accusations that the Gulf nation funds militant groups – charges Doha calls baseless.

Several other Muslim nations also downgraded their diplomatic ties with Qatar.

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