Crisis resolved, Ambassadors return to Doha

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Saudi, UAE and Bahrain diplomats to return to Doha after eight months of tense relations

Gulf leaders agreed Sunday on the return of Saudi, Emirati, and Bahraini envoys to Qatar after an extraordinary meeting in Riyadh on Sunday, promising an end to eight months of tense relations.

The agreement “promises the opening of a new page that will present a strong base, especially in light of the sensitive circumstances the region is undergoing,” said a Gulf Cooperation Council statement.

“Based on this, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain have decided to return their ambassadors to Doha,” it said.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain all withdrew their ambassadors to Doha in March, sparking one of the GCC’s worst diplomatic rows since its creation in 1981.

Qatar hails outcome of Riyadh meeting

Qatar yesterday hailed the outcome of Sunday’s GCC leaders’ meeting in Riyadh, including the decision to return Saudi, UAE and Bahrain ambassadors to their posts in Doha.

Qatar welcomed the initiative of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud of Saudi Arabia, in calling the meeting in Riyadh “which resulted in strengthening of the march of the GCC co-operation and integration and approval of a decision to return the ambassadors to Doha”.

In a statement released, Qatar’s Foreign Ministry praised the “keenness of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to reach the desired success that will meet the aspirations and hopes of  GCC people”.

The statement expressed “Qatar’s thanks and appreciation of the significant role played by the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Jaber al-Sabah, to bring viewpoints closer and enhance the march of the GCC integration”.

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The statement stressed Qatar’s “full keenness on GCC solidarity as well as successes and progress that have been achieved for the benefit of all GCC people”.

Source : Gulf Times

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