THE United Arab Emirates could re-open trade and
travel links with Qatar within
a week under a deal that ended a bitter dispute between the
However, Emirati Minister of State for Foreign Affairs
Anwar Gargash said some issues would take a longer time
The UAE, Saudi Arabia,
Bahrain, and Egypt imposed
an embargo against Qatar in
They accused Qatar of
supporting terrorism, which it
The neighbors agreed to
restore full diplomatic ties at a
summit on Tuesday.
A joint declaration brokered by Kuwait and the United States pledged to “restore
collaboration” among the six
members of the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC), but it did
not give any timelines.
Gargash stressed that the
UAE was “behind this deal,
and positive about the prospect of re-establishing relations with Qatar”.
“The return of movement
of people and trade between
the two countries will be within a week of the signing,” he
But he added, “We have a
very good start... but we have
issues with rebuilding trust.”
Qatar’s Foreign Minister,
Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, meanwhile said that it had agreed
to suspend legal cases against
its neighbors related to the
embargo, and that it would
co-operate on counter-terrorism and “transnational security”.
But Qatar would not alter
its close relations with Iran
and Turkey, Al Thani said.
are mainly driven by a sovereign decision of a country and
the national interest,” he said.
“So there is no effect on our
relationship with any other