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Posted On: 19 December 2019 11:12 am
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Qatar sees 'small progress' in resolving Gulf dispute: GCC Crisis Updates Week 133

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Have you missed the most important political stories of this week on the GCC crisis? Every Thursday, we take a moment to bring you all the updates on the latest developments in the ongoing Gulf crisis.

Here's what happened last week: UAE casts doubt on ending Qatar blockade: GCC Crisis Updates Week 132

16 December 2019

H.H. Amir talks with US President Donald Trump

H.H. the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani held a telephone conversation with HE President of the United States of America Donald Trump on Monday evening, reported Qatar News Agency (QNA).

During the phone call, they reviewed the strong strategic relations between the two countries and the importance of enhancing them, and discussed a number of issues and the latest developments on the regional and international arenas.

14 December 2019

Qatar sees 'small progress' in resolving Gulf dispute: Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser Al Thani

(Image credit: twitter.com/Saudi_Gazette)

The 40th session of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit took place in the Saudi capital on December 10. Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser Al Thani attended the GCC summit its highest representation at the meeting since 2017.

Asked whether there was progress at the meeting of regional leaders, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani told Reuters at the Doha Forum in Qatar that there has been “small progress, just a little progress”.

According to Al Jazeera, Qatar's foreign minister has said it was premature to talk about real progress with Saudi Arabia over the blockade but opening channels of communication between Doha and Riyadh was a step forward.

In an interview with Al Jazeera, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said it will take time to rebuild trust between Qatar and its Gulf neighbours after the two-and-a-half-year air, sea, and land blockade was imposed.

"We are still at a very early stage," he said. "There is some progress ... because we have [broken] the stalemate with the Saudis."

So what do you think? Is the blockade going to end soon or there's still a long way to go? What are your thoughts on these latest developments in the ongoing GCC Crisis? Drop us a line and tell us your thoughts in the comments below, and don’t forget to like and share this article.

(Cover photo credit: AFP)