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Posted On: 5 January 2021 07:43 pm
Updated On: 7 January 2021 09:59 am

Gulf Summit agreement restores full diplomatic ties between Qatar and 4 blockading nations: Saudi Foreign Minister

Vrinda Abilash
Vrinda Abilash
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In a Press Conference held today, after the historic 41st GCC Summit, GCC ministers spoke after Gulf leaders signed the agreement towards ending the diplomatic rift with Qatar. The General Secretariat of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) announced today the conclusion of the 41st GCC Summit.

The Al-Ula statement is to document the friendly relations between Egypt and the countries of the Cooperation Council.

Speaking at the Press Conference in Al-Ula, Saudi Arabia, Saudi Foreign Minister said that full diplomatic relations between blockading countries and Qatar is to be restored. The 4 blockading countries airspace will now be open to Qatar and relations shall return to normal.

He also said that the statement confirms the solidarity of the Gulf states in the face of any direct or indirect interference in the affairs of any of them. The summit would not have achieved its goals without solidarity and the important role of Kuwait and the United States. He also said that the Gulf Summit agreement calls for non-interference in internal affairs. Saudi Summit agreement calls for jointly combating any threats to Gulf Security.

"What happened today at the summit is a complete collapse of the dispute with Qatar and a full return to diplomatic relations", he added.

GCC Secretary-General, H.E. Dr. Nayef Falah Al-Hajraf said that the Saudi Summit agreement calls for restoring Gulf Cooperation and brotherly ties. H.E. Dr. Nayef Falah Al-Hajraf said: “The 41st GCC summit marks a new era of the GCC, representing a union of partnerships, strength and unity as we embark together on the fifth decade of this union. This historic summit reiterates the commitment of their Majesties and Highnesses of member states to achieving the Council’s firm objectives to continue coordination and integration across all sectors. The future of the GCC in this new era, under the leadership of their Majesties and Highnesses, will foster development, ensure stability and security, and will provide hope and opportunity for the citizens of member states.“

The closing statement of the Gulf Summit stated that the states affirmed that no state’s sovereignty be violated or its security targeted. The Gulf Summit confirmed the strengthening of the role of the Gulf Cooperation Council through unifying political positions and developing strategic partnerships. The Supreme Council also praised the preparations the State of Qatar is making in hosting the World Cup. The Cooperation Council also affirmed its support in everything that would lead to the success of the 2022 World Cup.

H.H. the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani also praised the friendly atmosphere that prevailed in the meeting and the efforts taken to make it a success.

Source: Al Jazeera, Press Release