Advisor to the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr Majed bin Mohammed Al Ansari spoke to Al Sharq on 19 April 2023, where he made mention of the restoration of Qatar's diplomatic ties.
Dr. Majed bin Mohammed Al Ansari said that the State of Qatar seeks in its foreign policy to help ensure a minimum level of good governance and achieve stability and prosperity in the region.
This approach outlines the Qatari positions on many issues, on top of which is the Palestinian cause, as the Qatari position is principled and stems from the belief that this is the central issue for the Arab and Islamic nations, and it is not subject to negotiation or bargaining.
Regarding the development of intra-Gulf relations, Dr Al Ansari pointed to positive developments since the signing of the Al-Ula agreement, and the committees began working with different countries. The last of these meetings was a meeting with the Bahraini side, and there are separate meetings in Abu Dhabi and Riyadh.
"I believe that today we can talk about completing the march of cooperation with the brothers. On the political level, we saw numerous meetings between the leaders and mutual visits that took place during the recent period, in a way that expresses the aspirations of the Gulf peoples in the Gulf cooperation project."
"It was agreed to restore diplomatic relations, and now the focus is on procedural work. With regard to aviation, the technical committees began working in this framework for the return of aviation between the two countries, and it will be, God willing, in the shortest possible time. We are also awaiting the visits of the technical committees regarding the opening of embassies. These are bureaucratic procedures that will take time normally," he added.
"The same thing, with regard to the United Arab Emirates. There are also technical committees working between the two countries. There was a meeting recently, and we are waiting for the first and essential step, the reopening of embassies and other procedures," he continued.
Source & cover image credit: QNA
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