UAE, Qatar to restore diplomatic ties

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Qatar and the UAE agreed on Monday to restore diplomatic ties, Qatar’s ministry of foreign affairs said in a tweet.

Embassies and consulates were due to resume work as of June 19.

Qatar’s embassy will reopen in Abu Dhabi, as will its consulate in Dubai. The UAE will reopen its embassy in Doha.

The restoration of ties “represents the will of both countries’ leaders to strengthen joint Arab collaboration and achieve the aspirations of both peoples,” the ministry said in a statement.

The UAE’s foreign minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan and his Qatari counterpart Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, who is also the prime minister, exchanged congratulations on the return of embassies.

Both officials hailed the restoration of ties as heralding a “new stage of cooperation and partnership” that confirms the deeply rooted relations that bind both countries, according to a statement on Emirates News Agency (WAM). They also discussed ways to boost cooperation.

Four countries, including the UAE, ended a boycott against Qatar in January 2021.

Saudi Arabia and Egypt were the first to reappoint ambassadors to Doha in 2021 after a Saudi-led deal to end the feud, while Bahrain has yet to reopen its embassy in Doha.

UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan made his first trip to Qatar since the boycott during the World Cup in Dec. 5, 2022.

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