Saudi Arabia opened the air, sea and land borders after ending their years-long embargo with Qatar. After Saudi Arabia, the UAE has restored ties with Qatar at the GCC Summit, which was held in Al Ula, Saudi Arabia. On January 5, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai attended the 41st GCC Summit and post that, both the countries concluded to restore the ties fully. Here’s everything you must know.
Travel Between The UAE And Qatar May Resume Soon
In mid- 2017, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt had ended diplomatic, trade and transport ties with Qatar over its support of extremist groups intending to destabilise the region. And now things have changed at the GCC summit. Dubai Media Office tweeted photographs of Sheikh Mohammed signing the closing statement. The leaders of the GCC states signed the final communique of the 41st Summit of the GCC Supreme Council, which has been named ‘the Summit of Sultan Qaboos and Sheikh Sabah. Travel between the UAE and Qatar was banned in June 2017 and now after the ties have been restored, travel to Qatar might resume too. The agreement between the countries is the start of a resumption of all relationships, including international travel (flights).
— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) January 5, 2021
The Signing Of the Al Ula Declaration Is A Historic Moment
WAM, the UAE government news source, has reported that leaders of the GCC have “closed ranks” and “underlined the need to coordinate efforts in order to confront common challenges”.
— WAM English (@WAMNEWS_ENG) January 5, 2021
It added: “The final statement noted that the GCC citizens pin hopes on Alula Communique to restore joint action and reinforce the bonds of fraternity and solidarity between the peoples of the region”.