Qatar, Saudi Arabia establish coordination council

The council will be co-chaired by Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.

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As part of both the Qatar National Vision 2030 and Saudi Vision 2030, Qatar and Saudi Arabia are planning to establish a coordination council to improve bilateral relations and cooperation between the two Gulf countries.

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Qatar’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Musaed Bin Mohammed Al Aiban, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of State and Acting Foreign Minister, met in the Saudi city of Neom on Wednesday to sign an amended protocol for the establishment of the Qatari-Saudi Coordination Council.

The council will be co-chaired by Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, and will be the next step toward rapprochement. It will also include high-ranking officials from both countries as members.

In August, Doha named its newest envoy to Riyadh, marking the official resumption of diplomatic relations between the two countries after a three-year standoff.

Bandar Mohamed Abdullah Al Attiyah was appointed as the country’s first ambassador to Saudi Arabia by Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the first such appointment since the 2017 GCC crisis erupted.

This happened just two months after Doha welcomed its first Saudi Ambassador, Prince Mansour bin Khalid bin Farhan, in June, which was viewed as a key step in re-establishing ties between the two countries.

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