Bandar Mohamed al-Attiyah beforehand acted as Qatar’s ambassador to Kuwait, a mediator in a years-long regional row.
Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani is additional strengthening diplomatic ties to Saudi Arabia, reinstating an envoy after a four-year-long regional dispute.
Bandar Mohamed Abdullah al-Attiyah, who was appointed as a part of a cupboard assembly on Wednesday, has beforehand served as Qatar’s ambassador to Kuwait, which had mediated within the Gulf spat.
In June 2107, Saudi Arabia, together with the United Arab Emirate, Bahrain and Egypt imposed a land, air and maritime embargo on the gas-rich nation. The 4 blocking nations accused Qatar of backing armed teams and of being too near Iran. The allegations had been vehemently denied by Qatar.
Saudi Arabia and Egypt have each re-established diplomatic ties with Qatar, however the UAE and Bahrain have but to take action. All however Bahrain have restored commerce and journey hyperlinks.
HH the Amir issued Amiri Choice No. 29 of 2021 appointing Bandar Mohamed Abdullah Al Attiyah as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The choices are efficient from the date of their issuance. #QNA https://t.co/1ChTNntz9V pic.twitter.com/GZ8VCahqks
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Throughout the regional spat, Qatar rejected the quartet’s calls for – which included that it shut down the Al Jazeera Media Community and expel a small contingency of Turkish troops from its territory.
Marking a serious breakthrough within the Gulf dispute, the blockading nations agreed in January to revive ties in a summit hosted by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman within the desert metropolis of Al-Ula, following a flurry of diplomatic exercise by the administration of former United States’s President Donald Trump.
In one other diplomatic enchancment final month, Qatar, which is internet hosting the soccer World Cup subsequent yr, appointed an envoy to Egypt, following an identical transfer by Cairo in June.
Saudi Arabia has taken the lead among the many 4 in mending ties with small however rich, gas-producing Qatar, scoring factors with a key ally, the US, whereas additionally standing to learn economically because it seeks to lure extra international funding.
In January, heeding outgoing US President Donald Trump’s want to re-establish a united Arab entrance towards Iran, and desperate to impress new President Joe Biden, Riyadh declared an finish to the boycott and stated its three allies had been on board.
However a senior UAE official has stated it might take time to rebuild belief whereas Bahrain and Doha have but to carry bilateral talks geared toward mending ties.