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Qatar receives first Saudi ambassador since 2017

The two countries have sped up efforts to repair relations since they agreed to normalize in January.

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Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported that the Saudi ambassador proffers his credentials on Monday. This came as the first since 2017 when the relations between the two countries deteriorated, during which Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt cut their diplomatic ties and imposed air, sea, and land embargo on the Gulf country.

According to the statement issued by the Qatari Foreign Ministry, Sheikh Mohammad bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Qatari Foreign Minister, received a copy of the credentials of Saudi Ambassador Prince Mansour bin Khalid bin Farhan Al Saud.

Since Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and other blockading Arab countries reached an agreement to normalize relations in the 41st Summit of Gulf Cooperation Council that was held in Al Ula in January, it is seen that many attempts have been taken, particularly between Riyadh and Doha, to strengthening bilateral ties.

Immediately after the Al Ula Declaration, the committees followed up the implementation of the Declaration that had been established, and consecutive talks between the two countries were held.

In February, the Qatari General Authority of Customs announced February that the Abu Samra border crossing with Saudi Arabia was reopened to revive commercial traffic between the two countries.

In May, Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani paid a visit to Saudi Arabia, where he met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. This was the first visit of the Qatari Emir to the Kingdom after the Al Ula Declaration.

Besides, the Qatari Emir and the Saudi Crown Prince hold regular phone conversations about bilateral relations and regional developments.

The latest move remarks the peak point that Riyadh and Doha reached since January.

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