Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia has arrived in Doha for the third stop on his Gulf trip, the first since a years-long embargo of Qatar was lifted in January.
Crown Prince Mohammed was greeted by Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani upon his arrival, and the two leaders met on Wednesday evening.
The visit occurred as Saudi Arabia took moves to resolve a diplomatic crisis that has polarized the world community, strained social relations, and shattered a long-standing Gulf partnership.
Sheikh Tamim greeted Crown Prince Mohammed in a tweet, saying that Qatar and Saudi Arabia’s fraternal relations and collaboration are “based on solid foundations of history and a common destiny.”
Sheikh Tamim said they discussed ways to improve collaboration between the two nations and emphasized the two sides’ shared desire to promote security and stability in the region, referring to Prince Mohammed as his brother.
Qatar is Crown Prince Mohammed’s third destination on a tour of Gulf Arab states ahead of a Gulf summit later this month.
The meeting will be the first since Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates agreed to settle their diplomatic spat with Qatar in June 2017.