Saudi-backed Yemeni government says restores ties with Qatar

  • In Business
  • 2021-03-07 15:54:27Z
  • By Reuters

ADEN (Reuters) - Yemen's internationally recognized government said on Sunday it had restored diplomatic ties with Qatar after four years of boycott led by Saudi Arabia and joined by other Arab countries.

Saudi Arabia and its allies had agreed at a summit in January to end the political row which led to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cutting trade, travel and diplomatic ties with Qatar in mid-2017. Yemen's Saudi-backed government had followed suit.

Qatar denied their accusations that it supports terrorism.

The foreign minister had met his Qatari counterpart in Doha on Sunday, according to the Yemeni foreign ministry. An agreement was reached to restore ties, it said in a statement, and published an image of the Yemeni flag being raised at the embassy in Doha.

A statement by the Qatari foreign ministry said the two ministers reviewed bilateral relations but did not mention restoration of ties. The Qatar government media office did not immediately respond to a Reuters' request for comment.

Qatar Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani during the meeting underlined the need for a political solution to end the six-year war in Yemen, the statement said.

Qatar was initially part of a Saudi-led military alliance fighting in the war, but was kicked out in 2017 after the Arab boycott.

Since the January agreement, air and travel links have resumed between Qatar and the four states. Cairo restored diplomatic relations that month and Riyadh said it would do so.

Fellow Gulf Arab state Kuwait last month hosted bilateral talks with Qatar and Egypt, and with Qatar and the UAE, aimed at resolving individual differences.

(Reporting by Mohammed Ghobari in Aden; Writing by Ghaida Ghantous; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)


More Related News

UN warns COVID-19 is `roaring back
UN warns COVID-19 is `roaring back' as Yemen faces famine
  • US
  • 2021-04-15 18:43:40Z

The U.N. humanitarian chief warned Thursday that the world's largest humanitarian crisis in Yemen is getting even worse with the COVID-19 pandemic "roaring...

Mideast's largest mall operator to expand amid vaccine hopes
  • World
  • 2021-04-15 14:41:11Z

The Middle East's largest operator of malls expects revenue and earnings to climb back to pre-pandemic levels by the end of next year and is moving full...

Yemeni model
Yemeni model 'abducted from the street' by Houthi rebels after doing photoshoot without hijab

A Yemeni model who posed for photographs without wearing a hijab is facing prosecution by Houthi rebels who abducted her from the streets of Sanaa, the...

Houthis Attack Saudi Aramco Site in Oil Refinery Town of Jazan
Houthis Attack Saudi Aramco Site in Oil Refinery Town of Jazan

(Bloomberg) -- Saudi Arabia's oil facilities were targeted with drones and missiles for the second time in a week, with Yemen's Houthi rebels claiming an...

Pipeline Deal Shows Oil Still King for Investors in Saudi Arabia
Pipeline Deal Shows Oil Still King for Investors in Saudi Arabia

(Bloomberg) -- Saudi Arabia is celebrating one of the biggest foreign-investment windfalls in its history after netting more than $12 billion by selling off ...

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply


Top News: Business