UAE official visits Qatar for the first time since the end of 2017 Saudi-led blockade
Gulf States continue promoting reconciliation, set a renewed path towards regional cooperation
By News Desk - August 27 2021

Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani (R) meeting with the UAE’s national security adviser, Tahnoun bin Zayed al-Nahyan, in Doha. 26 August, 2021 (Photo credit: AFP)

UAE National Security Adviser Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed Al Nahyan visited Doha on 26 August for an official meeting with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, as the two nations move tentatively toward repairing relations.

Back in June 2017, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt severed diplomatic relations with Qatar and banned Qatar-registered planes and ships from using their airspace and sea routes, in the hope of pressuring Qatar to reduce diplomatic and economic relations with Iran and various Muslim Brotherhood groups.

But in January of this year, the members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) agreed to end the dispute, and restored ties with Qatar.

According to reports, Sheikh Tahnoun and the Qatari emir discussed strengthening cooperation, focused mainly in economic and trade areas, and in investment projects.

Gulf analysts consider the UAE official’s visit to Doha to be the result of a growing regional push towards calm, reconciliation and overcoming differences, highlighting that this visit was not preceded by mediation from an outside party.

Before arriving in Doha, Sheikh Tahnoun was on an official visit to Turkey, where he met with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss normalizing economic relations with Ankara and to search for investment opportunities as part of a comprehensive truce between the former rivals.

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