In the first meeting of its kind between the two sides, a Qatari and Emirati delegations met today, Monday, in the State of Kuwait, to discuss joint mechanisms and procedures. To implement the statement of the Al-Ula summit that was held in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia last January.
The first meeting of its kind
The two sides discussed how and the mechanism of implementing the political agreement concluded between them. Which means the end of the era of political discord that has extended since 2017.
The two sides stressed the importance of preserving Gulf cohesion and developing joint Gulf action.
And that is in the interest of all Gulf Cooperation Council states.
The two sides also stressed the need to work by all means to enhance stability and prosperity in the region.
They also stressed the importance of the role of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in hosting the last forty-one Gulf summit, which culminated in the announcement of the end of the Gulf dispute.
To this, the Qatari and Emirati sides expressed their sincere thanks to Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Emir of the State of Kuwait.
This is in appreciation of his efforts, which are appreciated and respected, in order to reach a Gulf reconciliation formula, and in support of the march of the Gulf Cooperation Council.
It is noteworthy that on January 5, 2021, the Arab Gulf states woke up to declare the end of the era of siege and boycott. Launched by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Emirates and Bahrain, along with Egypt, against Qatar.
It is alleged that it provides support to terrorism and opposition organizations that threaten the stability of Arab countries.
Doha denied all the accusations directed against it by the Arab parties, stressing that it was proceeding according to the combined Gulf and Arab will.
Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt announced the reopening of air and land fields to Qatar, nearly four years after they were banned.
Since the signing of the Al-Ula agreement on January 5, the UAE-backed media machines have launched numerous campaigns against the State of Qatar and its Al-Jazeera channel.
The Emirati media and its electronic army, through the communication sites, challenged the Gulf reconciliation agreement, trying as much as possible to minimize it and its results.
In addition, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain still need to resolve many issues and files with Qatar.
Whereas, until now, there are violations that are taking place against Qatar, with the participation of the media of these countries.
The mistrust persists
The French newspaper “Le Figaro” confirmed that despite the end of the Gulf crisis and the declaration of the blockading countries, things will return to their previous state. Three and a half years ago; However, the lack of confidence did not suddenly disappear, especially between Qatar on the one hand, and the UAE and Egypt on the other.
The French newspaper asked about the possibility of the UAE reopening its airspace to Qatari planes, saying: “Despite the confirmation of the final statement. The Al-Ula summit in Saudi Arabia on the return of full relations between Qatar and the boycotting countries and respect for the principles of good neighborliness. However, mistrust still exists, especially since the roots of tension have not been addressed.
He got tension relief
The French newspaper considered that what happened was the easing of tension, more than a wide-ranging regional reconciliation, while political researcher Barbara Slavin was quoted as saying: “I doubt that we are witnessing a sudden intensification of cooperation between the Gulf states that have failed even to make their military capabilities compatible since Forty years ago, which had different interests and policies towards external forces.
The UAE is the loser
The newspaper also quoted De Pimodan, an analyst at the Research Institute for European and American Studies, as saying that the UAE is the loser. Because it has invested too much in the media against Qatar.
Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain
In the context, the French newspaper indicated that the advisor to the outgoing US President Donald Trump, Jared Kushner, who is considered the architect of this agreement, pressed for Cairo, Abu Dhabi and Manama to follow Riyadh’s example.
The pressure prompted Ben Farhan for this announcement
The newspaper indicated that this pressure prompted Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud to announce the approval of the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt to restore full contact with Qatar.
And she considered that for Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is one of the great supporters of Donald Trump, this beginning of reconciliation relieves US President-elect Joe Biden from a crisis between the allies of the United States, fifteen days before he entered the White House. In doing so, he provides a service to the next US president, who intends to remind the Saudi crown prince of the human rights file.
Normalization of the Emirates, Bahrain and Morocco
“Le Figaro” believed that the diplomatic breakthrough achieved at the Gulf summit in Al-Ula, Saudi Arabia, is likely to be a diplomatic success. The last for the administration of Donald Trump, after the normalization agreements of the UAE, Bahrain and Morocco with Israel.
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