Saudi Foreign Minister: ending the blockade on Qatar is a “win for the region”

After announcing this, the Saudi foreign minister told CNBC that the end of the Gulf dispute is a gain for the region Relations between Qatar and four Arab countries have been fully restored.

Leaders On Tuesday, the Gulf Cooperation Council and Egypt signed an agreement That aims to enhance unity and cohesion. The agreement came more than three years after Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt imposed a trade and travel ban on Qatar.

Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud said, “We were able to reach the Al-Ula Declaration, which placed behind us a dispute … between the four countries and Qatar,” referring to the agreement named after the old city. Al-Ula, where the leaders of the Arab countries met.

The region plunged into crisis in 2017, when Saudi Arabia and its allies cut diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar, accusing the small gas-rich country of being too close to Iran and supporting terrorism. Doha denied the allegations.

We firmly believe that the Al-Ula Declaration resolves all outstanding issues and concerns that state parties would have faced.

Faisal bin Farhan al-Saud

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

On Monday, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia opened its land and sea airspace to Qatar. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, received and embraced him when the latter arrived on Saudi soil.

Al Saud said he believed the deal would be a “very strong foundation” for future regional stability.

Asked if this was a victory for the outgoing Trump administration, Al Saud said: “I think this agreement brings victory for the region, first and foremost, a win for all of us.”

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Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud holds a press conference at the conclusion of the 41st summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council, in Al-Ula, northwestern Saudi Arabia, on January 5, 2021.

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Nevertheless, he acknowledged the support of the United States and Kuwait, which had been mediating between Saudi Arabia and Qatar. He told Hadley Gamble on CNBC, “Certainly, President Trump and Jared Kushner (senior White House adviser) have contributed to reaching this agreement, and working closely with Kuwait, which has been working on this matter for some time.”

Not about Iran or Washington

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said, Tuesday, that the unity of the Gulf Cooperation Council is necessary to meet the challenges in the region. “In particular the threats posed by the Iranian regime’s nuclear program,According to Arab News.

The Saudi foreign minister, Al Saud, told CNBC that the deal is in the interest of regional security. “This agreement is not about Iran or anyone else. It is about bringing our countries together and making sure that we work together to achieve prosperity and security for our people.”

When asked whether Saudi Arabia might try to obtain the blessing of President-elect Joe Biden before the inauguration, he said: “This is not related to Washington, it is related to the region and the priorities that our countries have.”

Biden expects that He backs down on US support for the kingdom when he takes office.

The Saudi foreign minister said that the Gulf states would cooperate on security issues as well as economic integration.

“We strongly believe that the Al-Ula Declaration resolves all the outstanding issues and concerns that the states parties would have faced, and that it lays the foundation at the present time for a very strong cooperative agenda for the GCC states, as well as the region.”

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