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Egypt, Qatar hold first meeting since ending Gulf row

Delegations meet in Kuwait weeks after settlement made in Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ula to finish blockade of Qatar.

Qatar and Egypt have held talks for the first time since an settlement final month to finish the Gulf disaster that emerged after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt severed financial and diplomatic ties with Qatar in June 2017.

The blockading nations imposed a land, sea and air blockade, accusing Qatar, amongst different issues, of “supporting terrorism”.

During a Gulf Cooperation Council summit in Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ula in January, the three GCC members – Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain – and Egypt agreed to revive ties with Qatar.

“The two sides welcomed measures each has taken since signing the al-Ula statement, as a step on the path of building confidence between the two fraternal countries,” an announcement after the meeting of Qatari and Egyptian delegates in Kuwait mentioned.

On Monday, officers from Qatar and the UAE met in Kuwait for his or her first bilateral talks since the top of the blockade.

UAE’s WAM news company reported that each side “discussed joint mechanisms and procedures for implementing the al-Ula statement”.

“They emphasised the importance of preserving Gulf kinship and developing joint Gulf action in the interest of GCC countries and their citizens, and of achieving stability and prosperity in the region,” it added.

Since the settlement final month, air and journey hyperlinks have resumed between Qatar and the 4 states.

Each state is to rearrange bilateral talks with Qatar to resolve particular person points.

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