"For Qatar, this portrays it as a defender of Arabs. This divide is not unique to the Gulf; the Arab world is divided along these lines."

Arab foreign ministers are scheduled to discuss calling an emergency Arab summit at a meeting in Cairo on Wednesday.

Commenting on the idea, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said he saw "no benefit in attending an Arab summit for statements."

Officials at the GCC summit tried to steer clear from discussing the details of the Gaza crisis which had imposed itself on the agenda of an otherwise economic meeting aimed at approving a monetary union.