ADEN (Reuters) – Yemen’s internationally recognized government said on Sunday that it had restored diplomatic relations with Qatar after four years of boycott led by Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries.
Saudi Arabia and its allies had agreed at a summit meeting in January to end the political tussle that led to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt breaking trade, travel and diplomatic relations with Qatar in mid-2017 break off. Yemen’s Saudi-backed government followed suit.
Qatar denied their allegations that it supports terrorism.
According to the Yemeni Foreign Ministry, the foreign minister met his Qatari counterpart in Doha on Sunday. An agreement was reached in a statement to restore relations and a picture of the Yemeni flag hoisted in the embassy in Doha was published.
A statement by the Qatari Foreign Ministry said the two ministers had reviewed bilateral relations but made no mention of the restoration of relations. The Qatar government media bureau did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment.
Qatar Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani underlined the need for a political solution to end the six-year war in Yemen during the meeting.
Qatar was originally part of a Saudi Arabia-led military alliance that fought in the war, but was kicked out in 2017 following the Arab boycott.
Air and travel connections between Qatar and the four states have been resumed since the January agreement. Cairo reestablished diplomatic ties that month and Riyadh said it would.
The Arab Gulf state of Kuwait hosted bilateral talks with Qatar and Egypt last month, as well as Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, to resolve individual differences.
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