DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates will reopen all of its land, sea and air entry points with Qatar starting Saturday, state news agency WAM reported on Friday.
Khalid Abdullah Belhoul, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, said the UAE will begin to end all measures taken against Qatar following the signing of the AlUla statement that includes the permanent solidarity agreement that will strengthen the unity and cohesion of the Gulf and Arab states.
He also said the UAE will work to reopen all land, sea and air ports for incoming and outgoing movement.
The relevant authorities in the country have been instructed with these measures, which will be activated as of January 9, he added.
The UAE’s General Authority of Civil Aviation said it will resume scheduled and unscheduled flights between the two countries in coordination with the civil aviation authorities and national airlines in the Emirates.
He said that the UAE will work with Qatar to end all other issues through bilateral talks.
Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Nayef Al-Hajraf welcomed the UAE statement, saying it “reflects the great eagerness and sincere efforts to enhance the (bloc’s) strength, resilience and cohesion, preserve its gains, and its ability to overcome all obstacles and challenges.”
Saudi Arabia announced a breakthrough in ending a bitter dispute between Gulf Arab states and Qatar at a summit on Tuesday, with its foreign minister saying Riyadh and its allies would restore all ties with Doha severed in mid-2017.