Yemen restores diplomatic relations with Qatar

Yemen had cut its diplomatic ties with Qatar by tracking the footsteps of what is known as the Arab quartet which imposed a blockade on Doha in 2017.

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After the reconciliation between Qatar and the Arab Quartet, comprising of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, and Egypt, in the 41st summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council which was held in Al-Ula, Saudi Arabia, Yemen announced that it re-established diplomatic relations with Qatar after a 3.5-year-long dispute. On Sunday, Yemen’s Foreign Minister Ahmed Bin Mubarak paid a visit to Qatar where he met with his Qatari counterpart, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani. This was the first visit of the Yemeni minister to Doha since 2017.

According to a statement released by the Yemeni Foreign Ministry after the meetings of the two ministers, bilateral relations and ways to promote them were handled during the meeting. Possible cooperation fields for achieving peace and stability in the region were also discussed, the statement added. It is also stated that Yemeni Minister Bin Mubarak delivered his deepest satisfaction regarding the reconciliation that Arab countries had reached in the Al-Ula Summit. When the embassies would restart their operations were not mentioned in the statement. However, sources which are familiar with the matter stated that the Yemeni mission in Qatar relaunched its activities on Sunday.

Within the scope of his Gulf tour, US Special Envoy for Yemen Tim Lenderking visited Qatar as well, last week. Lenderking met with Qatar’s foreign minister. During the meeting, both sides highlighted the importance of political dialogue in resolving the Yemen conflict.

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