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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) president’s arrival in Qatar on Monday was his first visit since Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies ended their boycott of Doha almost two years ago.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE’s de facto ruler before becoming president in May, arrived in Doha to meet Emir Sheikh Tamim in the country hosting the World Cup. The agency said it had met with bin Hamad al-Thani.
“This visit is based on the brotherhood that binds the two countries and their peoples,” the UAE government agency WAM reported.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt ended her three-and-a-half-year embargo on Qatar early last year, but ties between Abu Dhabi and Doha have not strengthened as fast as those of Riyadh and Cairo. Hmm. Diplomatic Relations Reopen Doha
The Saudi crown prince and the Egyptian president attended the opening ceremony of the World Cup in Doha on November 11. On February 20, the UAE sent the ruler of Dubai, who is also the vice president of the Gulf states.
Riyadh and its allies have cut all ties with Qatar over its support for Islamist groups it sees as a threat to the Gulf dynasty’s rule and ties with rivals Iran and Turkey. The political controversy shocked his six countries in the Gulf Area. Reuters