Dec. 9, 2022

UAE president visits Qatar for first time since 2017-21 blockade

Peninsula/Diplomacy

The story: Emirati President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (MbZ) has visited Qatar for a meeting with Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. The two leaders discussed ways to enhance bilateral relations after years of tensions. The landmark visit marks the first time MbZ has traveled to Doha since the Arab Quartet’s (Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates) 2017-21 siege of Qatar. 

The coverage: The Qatar News Agency (QNA) and the Emirates News Agency (WAM) released similar readouts of the Dec. 5 meeting between the two leaders. 

  • Both statements reported that MbZ congratulated the Qatari Emir for his country’s “success” in organizing the ongoing FIFA World Cup, describing it as a source of “pride for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states and the Arab world.” 
  • On his part, Qatar’s Emir offered his felicitations to MbZ for the UAE’s recent national day celebration on Dec. 2. 
  • The QNA and WAM readouts reported that the two leaders discussed...

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