UAE president visits Qatar in signal of thaw

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) president arrived in Qatar on Monday within the first such go to since Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies ended a boycott of Doha nearly two years in the past.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, the UAE’s de facto ruler for years earlier than turning into president in May, was met on arrival in Doha by Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, whose nation is internet hosting soccer’s World Cup, the emir’s workplace mentioned.

“The visit comes based on the brotherly ties that link the two countries and their people,” UAE state company WAM reported.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt early final 12 months ended a 3-1/2 12 months embargo of Qatar, however ties between Abu Dhabi and Doha haven’t warmed on the identical tempo as Riyadh and Cairo, who re-established diplomatic ties with Doha.

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince and Egypt’s president attended the opening World Cup ceremony in Doha on Nov. 20 whereas the UAE despatched Dubai’s ruler, who can be the Gulf state’s vice-president.

The political dispute that had seen Riyadh and its allies sever all ties with Qatar, over its help for Islamist teams they deem a risk to Gulf dynastic rule and its ties with rivals Iran and Turkey, had shattered the six-nation Gulf bloc.

Both Saudi Arabia and the UAE have since moved to have interaction with Shi’ite Muslim Iran in a bid to include tensions and mend ties with Turkey as they give attention to financial improvement.

UAE National Security Adviser Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed al-Nahyan visited Doha twice as a part of Abu Dhabi’s push to manage regional variations.

Bahrain and Qatar have but to carry bilateral talks. Abu Dhabi, like Manama, has not appointed an envoy to Doha, however restored travel and commerce hyperlinks between the UAE and Qatar.