Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Nayef Falah Al-Hajraf, speaks during a news conference after the 41st GCC meet at Al-Ula, Saudi Arabia. (AP/PTI)
Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt had cut ties with Qatar in 2017, accusing it of supporting terrorism
DIPLOMATIC relations have been restored between Qatar and four Arab States that imposed an embargo against it for three years, the Saudi Foreign Minister says. Prince Faisal bin Farhad told reporters that the countries had agreed to “fully set our differences aside” at a Gulf Co-operation Council summit on Tuesday.
Earlier, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince publicly embraced the Emir of Qatar, the BBC reported. Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt cut ties with Qatar in 2017, accusing it of supporting terrorism. The tiny, gas-and oil-rich State denied the accusation and rejected the conditions for ending the partial blockade, including closing the Doha-based ‘Al Jazeera’ broadcast network and curbing relations with Iran.