Qatar emir, Saudi crown prince, and Emirati NSA hold “brotherly meeting” at the Red Sea

On Friday, Qatar’s Emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and UAE National Security Adviser Sheikh Tahnoun Bin Zayed Al Nahyan gathered in the Red Sea for a “brotherly” meeting.

Badr Al Asaker, Director of the Saudi Crown Prince’s Private Office, posted a photo of the three on Twitter and said that:

“A friendly and brotherly meeting in the Red Sea brings together Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, and Sheikh Tahnoun Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE National Security Adviser,”.

According to Reuters, the UAE’s national security adviser met Qatar’s emir in Doha last month for the first time in four years following this year’s deal to terminate a violent conflict.

The development was key in a series of Middle East agreements sought by Washington, with the others including Israel and Arab governments, and aimed at forging a united front against Iran.

According to the official Saudi Press Agency, “during the meeting, they examined bilateral relations between the two brotherly countries and methods to consolidate the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) cooperative action.”

Since mid-2017, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt have placed a diplomatic, trade, and travel blockade on Qatar, accusing the country of sponsoring terrorism. Qatar had rejected this, claiming that the ban was aimed at undermining the country’s sovereignty.

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