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UAE reopens land, sea and air routes for Qatar

UAE reopens land, sea and air routes for Qatar

The UAE News web report: The UAE will reopen all land, sea and air ports with Qatar from Saturday, January 9, according to WAM.

The move follows the re-establishment of diplomatic ties with Qatar after the four Gulf states resolved their nearly four-year-long dispute with its neighbour.

Qatar Airways restarts some flights through Saudi Arabia’s airspace

Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt had cut ties with Qatar in 2017. But the US-negotiated Al Ula Declaration signed last Tuesday put a definitive end to the crisis.

UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr Anwar Gargash said on Thursday that trade and transport could resume with Qatar within a week.

“We are extremely, extremely supportive and positive about the declaration,” said Dr. Gargash at a virtual media briefing.

On January 5, 2020, Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister announced that full ties have been restored between Qatar and the Gulf nations. The announcement came after the 41st session of GCC countries in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.

“What happened today is the turning of the page on all points of difference and a full return of diplomatic relations,” Prince Faisal bin Farhan told a Press conference at the conclusion of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit in Saudi Arabia.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, who led the UAE’s delegation, said the summit had brought unity to the region. “The changes and challenges surrounding us require strength, cohesion and real Gulf cooperation,” he tweeted. Leaders of the six-member GCC signed two documents on Tuesday, the Al Ula Declaration, named after the Saudi city where this year’s regional summit was held, and a final communique.

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