Qatar and Saudi Arabia restore diplomatic relations

After an almost four-year halt

10 February, 14:26

    (ANSAmed) - BEIRUT, FEBRUARY 10 - After an almost four-year suspension of high-level diplomatic ties, Qatar and Saudi Arabia have restored official relations.

    A meeting was held Wednesday between Qatari foreign minister Sultan ben Saad Muraykhi and Saudi ambassador Ali al-Qahtani, who had shortly before arrived back in the Qatari capital.

    Following a crisis that began in May 2017, the two countries re-established bilateral relations in January.

    Arab media reported that Muraykhil and Qahtani on Wednesday discussed bilateral relations and issues of shared interest.

    Saudi Arabia and its allies in the region - Egypt, Bahrain, the UAE - had in 2017 inflicted a trade, political, and diplomatic blockade on Qatar after accusing it of supporting "terrorism".

    For months the US and Kuwait had been mediating in an attempt to put an end to the crisis, which officially ended in the Gulf Cooperation Council summit held in January in Saudi Arabia.


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