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Bahrain-Qatar Diplomatic Ties Welcomed by the GCC Security Council, Saudi FMs, and UAE

The restoration of diplomatic links between Bahrain and Qatar has been praised by the Security Council of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the foreign ministries of Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, among others. According to GCC Secretary General Jasem Mohamed Albudaiwi, the development will preserve and secure the future and safeguard the cohesion of the Council, which are the primary goals.

Statements from the two GCC countries were released on Wednesday announcing the restoration of diplomatic ties. At the headquarters of the GCC General Secretariat in the Saudi capital, where the decision was reached, officials hosted the second meeting of the Bahrain-Qatar Follow-up Committee on Wednesday, according to separate statements from the two nations.

The UAE’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, praised the agreement and emphasized its importance in developing cooperative Gulf action for the better future of GCC nations. He stated it is a crucial step in advancing unified Gulf action for a brighter future for the countries of GCC in order to achieve prosperity and benefit the two nations to serve their common interests.

The Arab League, the United States, Russia, and other GCC nations’ foreign ministries have all praised the move. Together with Egypt, Saudi Arabia has taken the initiative in reestablishing diplomatic ties with Qatar.

On Friday, the Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC) secretary general, Jassem Mohamed Albudaiwi, praised the reestablishment of diplomatic ties between Bahrain and Qatar. He said that it originated from the Directives of the leaders of the GCC countries. They issued it in January 2021, at the “Sultan Qaboos and Sheikh Sabah Summit” which took place in AlUla, Saudi Arabia.

He added that those instructions manifest the keenness of the GCC leaders to secure the future and preserve the cohesion of the Council in line with the key aspects of the links that connect the Council Member States that incorporate the bond of friendship, kinship, brotherhood, unity, history, and common destiny, which are the key pillars of the GCC.

The resumption of relations was also praised by Saudi Arabia’s foreign ministry. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomes this positive development, which confirms the strength of ties between GCC countries and advances coordinated Gulf action to fulfill the goals of the region’s states and peoples.

The United Arab Emirates and Qatar had their fourth joint meeting earlier this month in Abu Dhabi to discuss the AlUla Declaration’s implementation.