Saudi Foreign Minister: An agreement to return to normal diplomatic relations with Qatar


Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan announced, on Tuesday, following the 41st Gulf Summit, an agreement to restore relations and resume flights between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt on the one hand and Qatar on the other hand, ending that A diplomatic row that lasted for more than 3 years.

Prince Faisal said in a press conference that “(the countries) have reached a settlement of all the pending issues in a way that fully satisfies all the concerned states.” He added, “Whether it is the return of diplomatic relations or flights … all of this will return to normal.”

Three Gulf states, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the Emirates, along with Egypt, cut diplomatic relations with Qatar in mid-2017 after being accused of supporting terrorism, while Qatar has repeatedly denied these accusations. The boycotting countries, known as the Arab Quartet, have also indicated political disputes with Qatar over Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood.

A new agreement signed on Tuesday ended a three-year dispute that Saudi Arabia said would start a new phase between the countries in conflict with Qatar.

Prince Faisal bin Farhan said: “We send a message to the whole world that despite differences under one roof, the wisdom of our leaders always prevails.” He added, “We hope that the signing of the Al-Ula statement will be a new page in establishing security and stability in the region.”


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