Emir of Qatar, Saudi Crown Prince and UAE NSA all smiles at “fraternal” meeting
- All three leaders are seen in the photo, smiling as they stand next to each other.
- A Saudi official describes it as a “friendly and fraternal reunion” between the three.
- Saudi Arabia and Qatar have eased their strained relations over the past two months.
UAE National Security Advisor Sheikh Tahnoun Bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Friday met with Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud at the Red Sea on Friday to a “fraternal reunion”.
The Saudi Crown Prince’s chief of staff, Badr Al Asaker, posted a photo of the three officials on his Twitter profile.
“A friendly and fraternal reunion in the Red Sea brings together Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, and UAE National Security Advisor Sheikh Tahnoun Bin Zayed Al Nahyan,” wrote Al Asaker. .
At the beginning of last month, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad received an Emirati delegation headed by Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed.
The meeting discussed bilateral relations and ways to further develop cooperation between the two countries, especially in the economic and trade fields and vital investment projects that serve the process of construction, development and progress as well as the realization of the common interests of the two countries. .
The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia welcomed the Emir of Qatar to Jeddah on his first visit after the January AlUla GCC statement that restored relations between the two countries.
In January, the Crown Prince met with the Emir of Qatar on the sidelines of the GCC summit. The summit saw all Gulf countries sign the AlUla declaration which Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan said officially ended the dispute with Qatar.
In 2017, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt severed relations with Qatar over alleged support for extremists and Iran. Yemen, the eastern-based Libyan government and the Maldives later joined.
Iran, long at odds with Saudi Arabia, criticized then-US President Donald Trump for paving the way during his recent trip to Riyadh.
The Gulf Arab states and Egypt have long resented Qatar’s alleged support for extremists, especially the Muslim Brotherhood, which they see as a dangerous political enemy.
The coordinated movement, which Yemen and the government based in eastern Libya later joined, had created a dramatic rift between Arab nations, many of which are part of OPEC.