After more than three years of blockade, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has now agreed to restore diplomatic ties with Qatar.
The GCC composed of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt have now normalized relations with Qatar, following the 41st GCC Summit held in Saudi on Tuesday.
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan said, âWe are extremely pleased with having been able to achieve this very important breakthrough.â
âWe were finally able to reach that conclusion and reach a mechanism that was satisfactory to everyone, whether itâs the returning of diplomatic relations, flights, etc., all of that will now go back to normal,â the minister said.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman welcomed Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani in a hug as the Qatari leader arrived for the summit.
The Emir of Qatar said in a tweet, âI participated alongside our brothers in the Al-Ula summit to heal the rift, and we all hope for a better future for the region. I thank the brothers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the generous welcome and I thank the State of Kuwait for its valued efforts.â
The GCC severed diplomatic ties with Qatar in 2017 accusing the latter of having ties with terrorist organizations, which Qatar has denied.
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