The Qatar blockade is over, but tensions with Bahrain are not

      Published on Monday, 1 February , 2021      1010      
The Qatar blockade is over, but tensions with Bahrain are not

  • Government

Weeks after Gulf leaders signed a “solidarity and stability” statement in Saudi Arabia ending a three-and-a-half-year blockade on Qatar, Bahrain still does not seem to be completely on board.

Alongside Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Egypt, Bahrain agreed earlier this month at a summit in the Saudi city of al-Ula to restore full diplomatic, trade and travel ties with Qatar.

The four countries had abruptly cut ties with their neighbour in June 2017, accusing it of being too close to Iran and funding radical movements in the region, charges Doha staunchly denied.

Qataris residing in the four states were subsequently expelled, and Doha was issued with a list of 13 demands to meet in order to end the blockade.

These demands included closing the Al Jazeera news network, ending Turkish military presence in Qatar and cutting diplomatic ties with Iran – all of which were turned down.

Since the summit putting an end to the blockade, however, Bahrain has been sending mixed signals.

Category Government, Gulf News | 2021/02/01 latest update at 12:00 PM
Source : MEE | Photocredit : Google
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