UAE and Qatar officials hold first meeting since Gulf detente

Delegations from two neighbouring countries meet in Kuwait, weeks after agreement to end diplomatic rift. Official delegations from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Qatar have met in Kuwait for the first time since an agreement last month to end a bitter dispute of more than three years, according to the Emirati state news agency […]

Saudi Arabia’s ‘Project HQ’ stirs competition with Dubai

Foreign companies that want to participate in Saudi government investment opportunities need to move their headquarters to the kingdom by 2024, minister says. Saudi Arabia’s finance minister says Riyadh and Dubai “will have healthy competition” after announcing that foreign companies that want to participate in Saudi government investment opportunities need to move their headquarters to […]

Qatar working for a return to Iran nuclear accord: Minister

Qatari foreign minister says Doha seeking to de-escalate regional tensions through a political and diplomatic process. Qatar is working to de-escalate tension in the region by advocating for a return to the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement, state media quoted Qatar’s foreign minister as saying. The remarks came in briefing notes about two separate calls earlier […]

UN’s top court dismisses Qatar discrimination case against UAE

The ICJ upholds objections raised by the UAE that the 2017 blockade measures were not racially motivated. The United Nations’ top court has dismissed a case brought by Qatar against the United Arab Emirates alleging it had imposed blockade measures, which have since been lifted, that amounted to racial discrimination. The court, formally known as […]

Picking up the pieces: The path to Gulf reconciliation

A bitter political rift in the Gulf region, which led to Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt imposing an air, land, and sea blockade against Qatar for three and a half years, seems to be coming to an end. A diplomatic breakthrough in early January led to the signing of a declaration […]

Oldest son of Oman’s sultan becomes country’s first crown prince

As Sultan Haitham’s oldest son, Dhi Yazan bin Haitham is first in line to succeed his father under new ‘fundamental law’. The oldest son of Oman’s sultan became the first crown prince in the country’s history on Tuesday as the Gulf state published a new “fundamental law” stipulating the line of succession. On Monday, Sultan […]

Kuwait’s cabinet members resign amid dispute with Parliament

Move comes days after legislators submitted a motion asking to question the premier over issues including the makeup of the cabinet. Kuwaiti cabinet handed its resignations to Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah, only a month after the government was formed and just days after legislators submitted a motion asking to question the premier over […]

First Qatar to Saudi flight takes off after thaw in relations

Saudia airline will fly from Riyadh to Doha later on Monday with services from Jeddah expected to start at later date. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic and trade ties with Doha, and imposed a sea, land and air blockade on June 5, 2017 [File: Eric Piermont/AAir travel between Qatar […]

National carriers announce resumption of Qatar-Saudi air travel

Announcements coincide with Qatar and Saudi Arabia reopening their land border crossing following landmark deal to end the years-long Gulf crisis. The national carriers of Qatar and Saudi Arabia have announced the resumption of air travel between the two countries starting next week, just days after a deal was reached to end a years-long regional […]

Qatar-Saudi land border reopens after Gulf crisis detente

Vehicles cross the Saudi Arabian border from Qatar for the first time since mid-2017. Vehicles have crossed the Saudi Arabian land border from Qatar for the first time since four Arab states severed diplomatic and transport ties with Doha in mid-2017. The development came on Saturday after a deal this week to restore relations between […]

Qatar-GCC agreement: A victory for measured diplomacy

On January 5, during a Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit in Saudi Arabia, Gulf leaders signed a “solidarity and stability” agreement to end a three-and-a-half-year-long blockade against Qatar. The news generated great excitement among people in Qatar, who have long been eager to reunite with their extended families living in other Gulf states and resume […]

Pakistan welcomes revival of ties between Qatar, Saudi-led bloc

Pakistan says it hopes ‘spirit of cooperation’ in GCC will ‘augur well for enhanced confidence’ among the Gulf nations. Islamabad, Pakistan – Pakistan has welcomed a reduction in tensions between Qatar and its neighbours in the Arabian Gulf, with Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi holding talks over the telephone with his counterparts in Qatar, Saudi […]

Qatar FM: Shutting down Al Jazeera not discussed in GCC talks

In 2017, the blockading nations issued a 13-point list of demands, including the closure of Qatar’s Al Jazeera Media Network. The shutting down of Al Jazeera Media Network, as demanded by the four blockading nations in 2017, was not discussed during talks to resolve the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) crisis that pitted Qatar against its […]

Transcript: Closing statement of 41st GCC summit

Gulf leaders signed a “solidarity and stability” agreement towards ending the diplomatic rift with Qatar at a summit in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday. The announcement was made at the Gulf Arab leaders meeting in Saudi Arabia, with the annual summit taking place amid a breakthrough in the dispute between a Saudi-led bloc and Qatar that […]

What will reduced tensions within the GCC mean for Iran?

Tehran, Iran – Despite COVID-19 considerations, Qatar’s ruling emir and Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler hugged as the former arrived in the historic city of Al-Ula on Tuesday for a Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit. Soon after, their two countries, in addition to the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman and Kuwait – who together form […]

Gulf reconciliation agreement: What we know so far

In return for ending the 3-year blockade, Doha will freeze legal action against the quartet at international institutions, sources familiar with the agreement say. The Arab nations that blockaded Qatar for more than three years have lifted the boycott against its Gulf neighbour and Doha in response froze all state-related legal action against the countries, […]

Has the GCC crisis been resolved?

Exactly 43 months to the day since Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt severed political and economic ties with Qatar on June 5, 2017, the Al-Ula declaration signed at the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit in Saudi Arabia brought the blockade of Qatar to a formal end. The “solidarity and stability” agreement, […]

How the Gulf crisis spurred Qatar to expand its military

Qatar has embarked on one of the most ambitious armament programmes seen in the Middle East in recent times. Its armed forces are growing exponentially as its air force increases in size from 12 to 96 fighter jets, with more on the way. Its army and navy have seen rapid expansion as Qatar spends billions […]

Missing trust: Qataris give cautious welcome to GCC agreement

An agreement signed by Gulf Arab leaders aimed at resolving the Gulf crisis has been cautiously welcomed by Qatari nationals on Tuesday. Gulf leaders signed a “solidarity and stability” agreement towards ending the diplomatic rift with Qatar at a summit in Saudi Arabia, the dialogue taking place amid a breakthrough in the dispute that started […]

Gulf states sign ‘solidarity and stability’ deal at GCC summit

BREAKING The leaders are meeting in Saudi Arabia for their annual summit on Tuesday amid a breakthrough in the long-running GCC crisis. Gulf leaders have signed a ‘solidarity and stability’ agreement to end their three-year diplomatic rift with Qatar at a summit in Saudi Arabia, Saudi crown prince said. The leaders are meeting in Saudi […]

GCC leaders meet in Saudi Arabia amid Gulf crisis thaw: Live news

Qatari emir to attend Gulf bloc’s 41st session amid a thaw in relations between Doha and a blockading quartet. Gulf leaders are meeting in Saudi Arabia for their annual summit on Tuesday amid a breakthrough in the long-running dispute between a Saudi-led bloc and Qatar. Saudi Arabia on Monday announced the reopening of land borders […]

Explainer: What will happen at the 41st GCC summit?

The 41st annual six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit is expected to herald in a new chapter of revised relations and a preliminary end to the Gulf crisis following Saudi Arabia’s reopening of its land border with Qatar. The summit, which will take place on Tuesday in the northwestern Saudi city of Al-Ula, comes during […]

‘Important step’: Reaction to Saudi-Qatar border opening

Officials in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Turkey among first to welcome the move to reopen borders with Qatar. Saudi Arabia has reopened its land border with Qatar and Kuwait’s foreign minister has said the kingdom’s airspace and sea border will open, too, before the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit that is set to take place in […]

Qatar’s emir to attend Tuesday’s GCC summit in Saudi Arabia

Qatar confirms Sheikh Tamim’s attendance after Kuwait announces that Saudi Arabia will open borders with Qatar. Qatar’s Government Communication Office (GCO) has confirmed that the country’s ruler, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, will attend the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday. Sheikh Tamim’s participation comes after Kuwait’s foreign minister announced […]