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Posted On: 25 February 2020 02:23 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:21 pm

Saudi, Egypt, Bahrain resume postal services to Qatar after years-long freeze

Khadiza Begum
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After the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the other three countries Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Bahrain have decided to restore postal services to Qatar almost three years after they were stopped due to a political dispute, the United Nations said on Monday, as quoted by the Reuters.

This declaration comes following a meeting that held last month in the presence of representatives from four Arab states and the U.N. postal agency at its headquarters in Switzerland on Jan. 29.

“The decision to resume international postal exchanges is welcome news,” the U.N. Universal Postal Union said.

Since there are no direct flights between Qatar and the four Arab states, therefore, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain were to resume services indirectly, with mail transported through Oman. Egypt resumed services on Feb. 17, according to state-run Egypt Post. It was not immediately clear if Saudi Arabia and Bahrain had yet restored services.

UAE restored postal services to Qatar on 9 February 2020


Earlier this month, UAE has resumed postal services to Qatar nearly three years after they were suspended due to a Gulf Arab political dispute. Since 9 February, UAE has been transporting parcels through Oman.

Read more about this here UAE restores postal services to Qatar after more than 2 years

So what is next?

Restoring postal services to Qatar from the blockading countries is indeed a positive move. So is it a sign to restore the relations too between Qatar and the four Arab countries? Also, will Qatar be able to resume postal service to those countries? Unfortunately, there are no clear-cut answers to these questions.

Although there were some signs involved in developing hope to resolve the GCC crisis in late 2019 as Qatar’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani visited Saudi Arabia for talks and he told Reuters on December 14, 2019, that there had been “small progress” without elaborating.

However, according to the recent report, talks between Saudi Arabia and Qatar to resolve a bitter Gulf dispute broke down soon after starting. Read more here Saudi-Qatar talks to resolve Gulf dispute break down -- GCC Crisis Updates Week 141

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