UAE to resume travel, trade ties with Qatar within a week

Komal FatimaWeb Editor

08th Jan, 2021. 04:14 pm
UAE to resume travel, trade ties with Qatar within a week

Travel, transportation, and shipping are likely to be resumed between Qatar and the UAE within a week, a top UAE official said.

Anwar Mohammed Gargash, UAE State Minister for Foreign Affairs told a virtual media briefing, “We want to do this sooner rather than later,” “The UAE is extremely supportive and positive about AlUla Declaration.”

But, he also said that the UAE is realistic as any crisis will leave issues of trust, some will be easy to fix, but others will take a longer time.“We reiterate the GCC is more successful in its collective common market, rather than politically. So yes, it will take confidence-building. But we are turning a page on the crisis and starting on a positive note to build trust.”

Gargash also explained about the final communique of the GCC leaders’ summit in the Saudi city of AlULA Summit. He said that the statement affirmed “the solidarity of the Gulf States regarding any direct or indirect interference in their internal affairs, and members agreed that no country’s sovereignty be violated or its security targeted.”

“The communique is significant and an important step towards resolving a difficult and painful crisis. The crisis is coming to an end, which also depends on transparency and constructive approach,” by all, the minister said, adding that the announcement was “big news for the GCC and the wider Arab region.”

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, and Egypt had cut ties with Qatar in 2017 as Qatar was accused of supporting terrorism and interfering in the internal matters of the neighbors.

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