Riyadh: The Gulf is now united after Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain signed an agreement with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to end the three-and-a-half-year embargo on Qatar. The agreement was reached at a summit in the Saudi heritage city of Al Ula. Reunion was welcomed by various countries. Following Saudi Arabia, Egypt, which has opened a border with Qatar, will soon lift the embargo.
In his inaugural address, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman called on the people of the Gulf to work together to meet the challenges of the region. He called for a united front against Iran’s terrorist activities. It also sought the support of the international community against security threats. The declaration underscores the unity of the Gulf, Arab and Islamic countries and calls for strengthening brotherhood and joining hands on issues of common interest.
The summit commemorated former Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah and the late Sultan Qaboos, former ruler of Oman, who worked hard for Gulf unity. Special thanks also to the US for mediating the issue.
Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar, was received by Mohammed bin Salman at the summit. The Emir of Qatar arrived in Saudi Arabia for the first time since the siege began on June 5, 2017. Prior to the lifting of the embargo, the Saudi land, naval and air border was opened on Monday night, mediated by Kuwait. UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Anwar Gargash responded.
The GCC countries of Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain, as well as Egypt, have announced sanctions against Qatar over allegations of terrorism. Kuwait and Oman, the other members of the first GCC, have been friends with both sides. The Memorandum of Understanding has been signed by all the member states.
With this, Qatar may withdraw the cases against the embargoed countries. In addition to Kuwait, Jared Kushner, a senior adviser to US President Donald Trump, also led the mediation talks. Kushner also arrived in Al Ula yesterday.
English Summary: Gulf leaders sign agreement towards ending spat with Qatar