Egypt, Qatar hold first meeting since ending Gulf row

Delegations meet in Kuwait weeks after agreement made in Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ula to end blockade of Qatar. Qatar and Egypt have held talks for the first time since an agreement last month to end the Gulf crisis that emerged after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt severed economic and diplomatic ties with […]

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 […]

Is working with Pakistan for peace in Afghanistan: Special Ambassador Qatar

Is working with Pakistan for peace in Afghanistan: Special Ambassador Qatar

  ISLAMABAD: Qatar’s Special Ambassador Mutlaq bin Majid Al-Qahtani has said that Qatar is working with Pakistan for peace in Afghanistan. Reports On Monday, Qatar’s Special Ambassador to Islamabad Mutlaq bin Majid Al-Qahtani met with Federal Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid, during which Pakistan-Qatar bilateral relations and Afghanistan peace talks were discussed. The Interior Minister appreciated […]

Qatar Petroleum to supply 1.25m tonnes of LNG to Bangladesh

QP signs a long-term agreement with Vitol to supply 1.25 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas annually to Vitol customers in Bangladesh. Qatar Petroleum has signed a long-term agreement with Vitol, under which it would supply 1.25 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas annually to Vitol customers in Bangladesh. Under the agreement, LNG deliveries will […]

Iran and Qatar discuss nuclear deal in high-level talks

Gulf neighbours discuss Qatar taking a mediator role between Iran and Arab rivals in the region. Tehran, Iran – Iran and Qatar have discussed Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers and laid the groundwork for Doha to act as a mediator between Iran and Arab rivals in the region during the first high-level talks in […]

Bayern Munich win Club World Cup for sixth trophy of season

Pavard scored the only goal in Bayern’s win that led them to their sixth title in less than nine months. Bayern Munich beat Tigres UANL 1-0 in the final of the FIFA Club World Cup in Qatar to lift their sixth title in less than nine months. Benjamin Pavard scored the only goal of Thursday’s […]

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 […]

Qatar approves emergency use of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine

The Gulf country expects to soon begin administering Moderna’s vaccines alongside its Pfizer-BioNTech jab reserves. Qatari authorities have issued an emergency use authorisation for Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine, the second coronavirus jab approved in the country after the one developed by Pfizer and BioNTech. The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) said the move on Wednesday came […]

Qatar to assist Lebanon’s economic recovery once gov’t is formed

Qatar’s FM says Doha ready to invest in Lebanon ‘as soon as a government is formed’. Qatar is ready to help cash-strapped Lebanon with its economic recovery if its deeply divided political class agrees on a new government. The outgoing cabinet has served in a caretaker role since resigning in August last year following public […]

Bayern Munich beat Al Ahly to reach Club World Cup final

Bayern Munich reached the Club World Cup final after goals in each half by Robert Lewandowski sealed a 2-0 victory over African champions Al Ahly at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, a host venue for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The German side will face Mexico’s Tigres in the final on Thursday after the […]

UAE spies monitored Michelle Obama, Sheikha Moza emails: Report

New York Times says email communications between former US first lady and Qatari royal were surveilled. UAE spies hacked devices belonging to Qatar’s royal family and intercepted private communications between then-US First Lady Michelle Obama and Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, according to a new book by a New York Times reporter. Previous news […]

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 […]

In Pictures: Mexico’s Tigres UANL seal progress at Club World Cup

Doha, Qatar – Mexico’s Tigres UANL came from behind to beat Asian champions Ulsan Hyundai 2-1 in the opening match of the 2020 FIFA Club World Cup which kicked off in Qatar on Thursday. The tournament, comprising five regional football champions and host country league winners, was scheduled to be hosted in December last year […]

Qatar reimposes restrictions amid surge in COVID-19 infections

The measures affect education, leisure and business activities as the Gulf country seeks to head off a potential second wave. Qatar has reimposed a series of coronavirus-related restrictions on education, leisure and business activities, including closing indoor swimming pools and theme parks and restricting restaurant capacities. The measures came into effect on Thursday, a day […]

Qatar announces new restrictions amid fears of second COVID wave

Health authorities announce a new 32-point plan to curb the coronavirus spread amid a surge in cases. Qatar has announced new restrictions amid a surge in coronavirus cases that authorities said could lead to a second wave of infections. The 32-point plan, made public on Wednesday, includes provisions to limit at 80 percent the number […]

Club World Cup kicks off in Qatar against COVID backdrop

Tournament, delayed by almost two months due to the pandemic, kicks off on Thursday with stadiums operating at 30 percent capacity. The delayed 2020 FIFA Club World Cup will kick off in Qatar on Thursday as the country ramps up its preparation for the 2022 World Cup and also plays its “part for the safe […]

CureVac aims to produce hundreds of millions COVID jabs in 2021

Vaccine by German biotech, whose investors include Qatar Investment Authority, is ‘on its way to approval in coming weeks’, says Germany’s health minister. German biotech company CureVac has joined the global effort to boost coronavirus vaccine supplies by signing up pharmaceuticals giant Bayer and contract drugmaker Rentschler to help to produce its experimental COVID-19 jab. […]

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 […]

Egypt and Qatar have ‘agreed to resume diplomatic relations’

Egypt’s foreign ministry said official notes had been exchanged with Qatar as both countries agreed to resume ties. Egypt has agreed to resume diplomatic relations with Qatar, the Egyptian foreign ministry said. “The Arab Republic of Egypt and the state of Qatar has exchanged two official notes today, January 20, according to which the two […]

Iran welcomes Qatar’s call to resume diplomacy with Gulf states

Iran FM Mohammad Javad Zarif emphasises the need for collaboration for a ‘strong region free from hegemony’. Iran’s top diplomat Mohammad Javad Zarif welcomed Qatar’s call on Gulf states to engage in a dialogue with the Islamic Republic and to broker negotiations. “As we have consistently emphasized, the solution to our challenges lies in collaboration to […]

Qatar calls on Gulf nations to engage in diplomacy with Iran

Doha is ‘hopeful’ that new talks between Tehran and Gulf Arab states will take place. Qatar is urging Gulf nations to enter into a dialogue with Iran and has offered to broker negotiations after a three-year blockade on Doha was recently removed by its Arab neighbours. Qatar, which shares a major gas field with Iran, […]

Saudi Arabia allows broadcast by Qatar-based beIN Sports TV

Sports channel back on Saudi screens despite there being no confirmation of network resuming activity in the kingdom. Saudi Arabian authorities lifted a three-year ban on Qatar-based TV broadcaster beIN Sports in the latest step towards full reconciliation between the two Gulf nations. It was unclear if the ban was officially lifted but several cafes […]

Egypt, UAE resume first Qatar flights after blockade

Egyptair flew from Doha to Cairo while the UAE’s Air Arabia arrived in Qatar from Sharjah. The first direct flights between Qatar and two of the blockading nations – Egypt and the United Arab Emirates – took to the skies on Monday following the end of a three and a half year regional crisis earlier […]

Saudi Arabia to reopen Qatar embassy in coming days

Saudi Foreign Minister Farhan says kingdom ‘will restore full diplomatic relations with Qatar’. Saudi Arabia expects to reopen its embassy in Doha in the coming days, the kingdom’s foreign minister has said, following an agreement last week that ended a three-year-old dispute between four Arab countries and Qatar. Asked about embassy reopenings, Foreign Minister Faisal […]