Deal to end tension between Qatar and other GCC nations

April 18, 2014 10:33 am

m_Deal to end tension between Qatar and other GCC nations

Riyadh 18th April 2014: The policies of GCC member states should not undermine the “interests, security and stability” of each other, Gulf foreign ministers agreed at an extraordinary meeting in Riyadh yesterday.

Such policies must also not affect the “sovereignty” of a member state, according to the statement issued after the meeting.

Qatar’s Foreign Minister H E Dr Khalid bin Mohamed Al Attiyah also participated in the meeting.

The foreign ministers met for over two hours at a Riyadh air base and agreed a deal to end months of unprecedented tension between Qatar and other GCC nations.

Tensions between Qatar and other members of Gulf Cooperation Council broke out last month when Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain withdrew their ambassadors from the country on March 5 in a move widely seen as showing their displeasure at Qatar’s support for Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood.

The three states said at the time that Doha had not implemented an agreement among Gulf Arab countries not to interfere in each others’ internal affairs.

Six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council also includes Kuwait and Oman.

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Ahmad Diyari Kaashif is a Senior Journalist and Head of the International Bureau at Qatar Chronicle

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